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SoCal Quake Followed by Quake on Mexican Border

Southlanders Who Felt Quake Say It Was Scary



    Be the Toast of the Breeders’ Cup
    Quake strikes south of San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, near Los Angeles.

    A moderate earthquake centered in San Bernardino last night was felt over a wide area of Southern California from Ventura County to the Mexico border.

    The magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck one mile south of San Bernardino at 7:49 p.m. Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Then at 8:47 p.m., a magnitude 3.3 earthquake, possibly an aftershock, struck in the same area, one mile south of San Bernardino, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

    Hours after the quake centered south of San Bernardino, two small earthquakes rumbled along the Mexico border, in Baja California. The U.S. Geological Survey issued preliminary measurements of the 3.3- and a 3.0-magnitude quakes striking a little before 5 a.m. Friday. The quakes were in northern Baja California, near Mexicali, about 125 miles east of San Diego.

    I.E. Quake: The Day After

    [LA] I.E. Quake: The Day After
    There are still a few jittery nerves in the Inland Empire the day after an earthquake.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 9, 2009)

    On Thursday night, many Southlanders reported a rolling feeling that lasted as long as 10 to 15 seconds.   There were reports of minor damage at the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino.

    "We were extremely fortunate, the assessments came back from the engine companies and the different stations as minor damage at best. No major damage was seen or reported,"  Steven Tracy of the San Bernardino Fire Department told ABC7.

    The minimal damage included reports of cracks in concrete or in stucco on homes, according to ABC7.

    Family Startled by Quake (RAW)

    [LA] Family Startled by Quake (RAW)
    Watch home video from the San Bernardino earthquake.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 9, 2009)

    The temblors were also felt in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, Orange County and Riverside.

    "We were upstairs, me and my fiancee, and all of a sudden we just felt like a little rumble, and then as it got I guess closer the walls started like rolling in a rolling motion, and it got really loud," Highland resident Tom Rodriguez told KCAL9.

    Rodriguez said there were no visible damages to his home.

    Did You Feel It?

    [LA] Did You Feel It?
    Southland residents who felt the Jan. 9, 2009, quake describe how it felt.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 9, 2009)

    Another resident, Mary Cutcliffe of Moreno Valley, told the station that she was startled by the sudden shaking.

    "I felt a big jerk and picture frames fell from my chimney and my picture frames fell from my table, when I went to the kitchen all my cans fell off," Cutcliffe told KCAL9.

    "I got so scared and my dog started barking. I went outside and nobody's out there. I still do (have power), it felt stronger than the last one. I heard like a long shaking, a long jolt," she said.

    Expert Crunches Quake Stats

    [LA] Expert Crunches Quake Stats
    Details of the quake centered south of San Bernardino on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, were explained at a news conference a short time after it struck.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 9, 2009)

    Personnel at Los Angeles Police Department stations in Hollywood, Van Nuys and North Hollywood reported no immediate injuries, incidents or damages.

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    Links: AP Coverage | USGS Shake Map | (7:49 p.m. Quake Details) | (8:47 p.m. Quake Details) | Recent Quake Coverage