Southern California Experiences Slight Temblor

By Los Angeles Post

At 10:37 this morning there was a 3.9 earthquake that was reported near San Juan Capistrano.  The U.S. Geological Survey reported it as being centered one mile west of San Juan Capistrano at a depth of a little over two miles.

There were no reports of damage immediately after the quake, but it did tend to give a number of residents a wake-up call.  The Southern California quake did not make any impact on the nuclear plant at San Onofre according to spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre of Southern California Edison.  Because of safety concerns, both reactors at the plant have been shut down since January.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Marc Stone did report that there had been some calls to the dispatch line, but they were simply people calling in to ask about the earthquake, mostly to verify whether it really was a quake.  There were no calls reporting damage, asking for assistance, or reporting injuries.  He said that this was one of those small earthquakes that make you think about how prepared you are for the big one.

A local librarian in San Juan Capistrano said she and patrons at the library heard a slow rumble, but no books fell.  She said the quake only lasted for a couple of seconds.  With the growing use of social media, there were many other people whose comments were sent out on Twitter.  Residents who felt the temblor quickly tweeted about it.  Reactions were varied, from someone who was mad they had felt such a small quake to others who felt it was quite a jolt. 

Although the jolt was mostly felt in the central county area, people living in Long Beach and other parts of Southeast Los Angeles County as well as Orange County felt the quake.  It was even weakly felt as far North as Barstow.  Those who felt it reported that it was light or moderate for the most part.


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