April 6, 2010

April 6, 2010
Earthquake in Southern California

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another beautiful day here in south Florida.

Now I do not want to gloat about our great weather here. Especially since my friends in Southern California just endured two days of a bad earthquake and many after shocks.

A powerful earthquake southeast of Tijuana shook Southern California on Sunday afternoon, damaging buildings in northern Mexico and border cities in California and Arizona and rattling a seismically sophisticated population as far north as Los Angeles and Las Vegas as chandeliers swayed, homes shook and the earth seemed to slide under the feet of people emerging from Easter church services for well over a minute.

The 7.2 magnitude quake struck just after 3:30 p.m. local time, and was centered 16 miles southwest of Guadalupe Victoria in Baja California, Mexico, and about 110 miles southeast of Tijuana. Luckily, none of my friends have been hurt from those I have heard from so far. They did report broken windows and minor damage the closer they were to the epicenter.

Reports from the remote area in Mexico where the quake hit were slow in coming. But an earthquake of that size would probably cause major property damage near the epicenter, experts said. In northern Mexico, one person was reported to have been killed in a house collapse.

Initial reports from the quake’s epicenter near Mexicali, a large industrial city and the state capital of Baja California, did not speak of catastrophic damage, although photographs posted on Twitter and some news sites showed buildings with crumbled facades and food on supermarket shelves sent crashing to the floor. There were sporadic reports of fires, gas leaks and phone line damage, but none could be confirmed in the hours immediately following the quake.

In the United States, the shaking was particularly acute in San Diego, where it set off alarms and sent the San Diego fire department responding to several calls.

At a Sheraton hotel in downtown San Diego, the floor cracked opened and prevented the front doors from shutting. Officials ordered all guests and staff from the building, pending an inspection from structural engineers. Fire officials reported a water main break in front of a hospital and another water line break at a department store.

Even for California residents who are veterans of previous and more punishing earthquakes, the temblor was impressive.

So while I still miss living in California, I do not miss the earthquakes, brush fires, mud slides and the high cost of living. I guess I miss the friends I had while living there the most.

Those are my thoughts. What about yours? Drop me a line and let me know.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab