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Earthquake measuring 3.9 magnitude strikes southeast of Borrego Springs


Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Issue 51, Volume 16.


BORREGO SPRINGS (Wire Service) - A moderate earthquake apparently rattled East County today, according to preliminary reports from automated seismographs.

The quake, with an estimated magnitude 3.9, struck near Laguna Mountain at 1:37 p.m.

The epicenter was Advertisement
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initially described as 19 miles south-southeast of Borrego Springs, or 54 miles east-northeast of San Diego.

The quake's size and epicenter was not immediately reviewed by scientists, and those details are sometimes revised, seismologists have said.


 

4 comments

Comment Profile ImageBen
Comment #1 | Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 1:49 am
And here I thought it was my heavy neighbor running down the street.
Comment Profile Imagejyotshna sharma=
Comment #2 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:33 am
i feel the earthquake because i am siting on table and the was playing
Comment Profile ImageAndre
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 4:31 am
well i have noticed a few thgnis lately and have been doing a bit of study about it ever since the quake in my own country new zealand.now i will tell you my findings 1980s there were 4 big quakes in 10 yrs1990s there were 6 big quakes in 10 yrs2000s there were 13 big quakes up until 20102011 so far there have been 1 in christchurch it wasnt huge but it was shallow and that was the whole problem with that 1then Japan well what can you say about that quake,how about unimaginable.the next thing i have started to notice is that in most quakes the aftershocks only last a few weeks,but christchurch has had aftershocks since the first quake that hit there last year and it aint stopping but to make matters worse is that all these after shocks are shallow.then japan well the aftershocks there are both shallow and rather stronge.so the earth is really letting us know who is the boss and that no matter how prepared we think we are she will always overrule us,sad but true.so big quakes more quakes and aftershocks lasting longer and quakes getting shallow.now if you beleive in dooms day stuff then chuck in animals at the start of the yr dieing in mass amounts(birds falling from the sky,fish washing up on beaches etc)then yeah,what can i say. then take all the unrest going on in the middle east and the rising cost of petrol which leads to rising costs in food,then hard and maybe even scary times we are living in.me i sort of believe the mayans but not holding my breathe either,(if you get what i mean)remember that yr 2000 thing when they reckon computers would crash etc,yeah that never happened, but you know just incase somehow the mayans had some sort of insight into future events that we cant understand then im taking no chances im staying home from work on that day cause if we are gonna die i sure as.... dont want to be stuck at work watching boring cheese going down the production line,lol.
Comment Profile ImageSatishbabu
Comment #4 | Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 3:39 am
Hi, from up here in Canada. I live in the Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vancouver Island, BC, Canada). We have earthquake anasewers here. I always did the 3-day preparedness thing, then after the Japan earthquake earlier this year as I was researching more about preparedness I came across the prepper culture, and now I am one! Here's a little bit about our own situation, taken from the Earthquakes Canada website: West of Vancouver Island, and extending from the north tip of the Island to northern California, the oceanic Juan de Fuca plate is moving towards North America at about 2-5 cm/year. This region is called the Cascadia subduction zone. Here, the much smaller Juan de Fuca plate is sliding (subducting) beneath the continent (it is about 45 km beneath Victoria, and about 70 km beneath Vancouver). The ocean plate is not always moving though. There is good evidence that the Juan de Fuca and North America plates are currently locked together, causing strain to build up in the earth's crust. It is this squeezing of the crust that causes the 300 or so small earthquakes that are located in southwestern British Columbia each year, and the less-frequent (once per decade, on average, damaging crustal earthquakes (e.g., a magnitude 7.3 earthquake on central Vancouver Island in 1946). At some time in the future, these plates will snap loose, generating a huge offshore subduction earthquake one similar to the 1964 M=9.2 Alaska earthquake, or the 1960 M=9.5 Chile earthquake. Current crustal deformation measurements in this area provide evidence for this model. Geological evidence also indicates that huge subduction earthquakes have struck this coast every 300-800 years.

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