Earthquake just hit Orange County

9:11 pm. About 3 minutes ago, an earthquake rolled through Orange County. In Huntington Beach, where I live, it lasted about 45 seconds.

My guess is that it was not in O.C. because of the rolling.

My dogs were acting weird when I took them for a walk 5 min. earlier. But I didn’t know why.

Update: 9:18 pm. From the L.A. Times:

A shallow magnitude 5.3 earthquake was reported Friday evening one mile from La Habra, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was one mile from Brea, California.

So, it actually was in Orange County, but in the very Northern part of it.,0,5399191.story#ixzz2xK29HeCx


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 28 March, 2014, 21:33

    Caused by RAGWUS unfortunately.

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  2. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 28 March, 2014, 21:42

    Too bad about all of those evil zoning and construction laws that undoubtedly prevented widespread destruction and loss of life like that frequently occurring in those unregulated bits of paradise across the seas….

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 28 March, 2014, 21:43

      Without the laws, insurance companies would require the same thing, only cheaper.

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      • SkippingDog
        SkippingDog 28 March, 2014, 21:46

        Interesting point. Does insurance not exist in other nations?

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        • S Moderation Douglas
          S Moderation Douglas 29 March, 2014, 22:06

          There really can’t be any question that building codes saved lives and property. As did the inspectors that enforce the codes. And the emergency response of safety workers after.

          Another Seilerism.

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          • Donkey
            Donkey 30 March, 2014, 09:06

            That’s because you would never question a RAGWUS feeding organization!! Once a sycophant… Always!! 🙂

      • SkippingDog
        SkippingDog 28 March, 2014, 21:56

        I would be interested in reading anything you can point to that would support such a conclusion. Seriously.

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      • SkippingDog
        SkippingDog 28 March, 2014, 22:08

        Here’s an interesting review on zoning laws in the U.S. It doesn’t appear that insurance, fire or otherwise, would have addressed the issues upon which zoning was focused.

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        • John Seiler
          John Seiler Author 28 March, 2014, 22:26

          I wasn’t talking about the “home-value” insurance mentioned in that study, but about disaster insurance, such as for earthquakes and hurricanes.

          Houston doesn’t have zoning. I could afford a home there, despite the hurricanes. I can’t afford a home here. Nor can anyone in the middle-class. Because of zoning.

          Zoning = expensive crony capitalism in which only the rich can afford houses.

          No zoning = freedom for the middle class to afford houses.

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          • SkippingDog
            SkippingDog 28 March, 2014, 22:34

            How would that address free-riders and the impact of their sub-code construction on innocent passers by?

            I suspect a valuable, albeit tragic, comparison can be made this week between the zoning laws – or lack thereof – in Oso, WA versus those of La Habra.

          • Donkey
            Donkey 29 March, 2014, 08:17

            How would have forced zoning helped those living on Mt St Helens, caught up in the floods in Colorado or Vermont last year, saved the people in the South from tornados? The typical RAGWUS feeder response is, “Well what if!”

            One can travel the world and see thousands of monuments and building built without “laws” that have lasted for many times longer than our nation has been around. Even in our own nation there are handmade homes and buildings than are over 300 years old that didn’t have a stamp of approval from a RAGWUS feeder. With that said I have to admit the use of new materials and application of such has reduced the fire danger that did exist in the past, but this is just common sense. 🙂

          • Donkey
            Donkey 29 March, 2014, 08:29

            Another thing Skdog, the RAGWUS doesn’t save anyone. When we have a crisis it is the regular citizen that goes into action, not some RAGWUS feeder. Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania was taken down by ordinary citizens, the shoe bomber by ordinary citizens, the Boston bomber was found by a homeowner. For the vast majority of crises the only thing PS RAGWUS members bring is a roll of plastic tape, and if LE is involved there is a high likelihood that they were the ones that caused the situation. 🙂

      • S Moderation Douglas
        S Moderation Douglas 29 March, 2014, 21:45


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  3. Ted Steele DD
    Ted Steele DD 29 March, 2014, 06:44

    More Selerisms?

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  4. billybs
    billybs 29 March, 2014, 07:16

    Climate change related earthquake certainly, as well as the cause of the Malaysian plane missing. It is never going to rain again, and we are all going to die.

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 March, 2014, 09:51

    The loons are out on this thread… enlightening……alarming…..

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  6. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 30 March, 2014, 07:24

    Spring is earthquake season in SoCal.
    One of the Gabrieleno legends was that a huge rattlesnake was waking up as things warmed up. If something agitated him, then watch out. Another one had something to do with the Taquish….

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 30 March, 2014, 10:18

      Billy G– It was actually a Luisueno myth— Poraka, the dark serpent of the acorn mash rounded up the other “Achimen” castaways and rowed canoes out to the Chumash settlements at Santa Barbara Island where the the serpents lived in peace. When the spring planting season came, baskets of Achimen serpents floated in mystery to the Achimen settlement at San Mateo Point where the vibrations “shook the center” of the earth. In time only doomers who dwelled in bunkers were safe from the slithery demons. A gentle breeze shook the leaves at the tops of the very tall trees.

      Paris in the
      the spring,
      is all we can make of this legend today.

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