Sunday, May 17, 2009

Our First Los Angeles Earthquake

That was exciting. We were having a family disagreement about my son's effort on his homework when the house shook
pretty sharply. It felt like a subway train was arriving at our house. This stopped the family squabble as I yelled "earthquake" and hid under my desk (I'm kidding). We survived the "big one" and I may actually show up and teach tomorrow again at UCLA. I am "UCLA Unabashed".

Moderate Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles

Published: May 18, 2009
Filed at 11:59 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A moderate earthquake has shaken the Los Angeles area. There are no immediate reports of any major injuries or damage.

A preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-5.0 quake hit at 8:39 p.m., about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, near Inglewood.

The quake jiggled the greater Los Angeles region and was felt as far south as Long Beach.

Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department says there were no reports of any major damage.