The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “EARTHQUAKE STRONGLY (?) felt across Los Angeles” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/earthquake-strongly-felt-across-los-angeles-133055900.html).
“A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday (March 17, 2014), RATTLING NERVES and SHAKING BUILDINGS along a 150-mile swath of Southern California, but causing NO major damage“. It’s NOT as if we need ANY MORE “rattled” or FRAYED “nerves”.
“The 4.4-magnitude quake was centered 2 miles from Encino and 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey”.
“USGS seismologist Robert Graves called it a “TYPICAL (?) Southern California quake and said expectations were that damage would be slight, if it occurred at all”.
“Los Angeles police and fire officials said there were NO immediate reports of damage“. This is GOOD news.
“Encino resident Joann Smith described the initial jolt as a “BIG CRASH” that shook her house”. ”My dog got out of bed and she came looking for me. She was SHIVERING TERRIBLY“ surely out of FEAR.
“Marita Ipaktchia was in the kitchen at her Encino home when the quake hit, sending salt and pepper shakers and collectible glass figurines on her shelves CRASHING TO THE GROUND“. ”THE WHOLE KITCHEN WAS SHAKING. Everything BROKE. Everything CAME DOWN“.
”It was one of the LARGEST to hit Los Angeles since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake KILLED several dozen people and caused $25 BILLIONin damage two decades ago, USGS seismologist Lucy Jones told KABC-TV“. “It’s NOT (?) that large by CALIFORNIA terms“. OK this is reasonable because we’re including SAN FRANCISCO in this discussion. ”It’s the size of earthquake we have across the state (California) once every couple of MONTHS“. OK, this magnitude 4.4 was bad enough. In a magnitude 6.7 quake, there will inevitably be injuries and most likely FATALITIES. “But we haven’t had one like this in L.A. FOR QUITE A WHILE“ FORTUNATELY/THANKFULLY.
“Rania Jurdi, a school therapist who lives in Glendale, said Monday’s (March 17 2014) temblor didn’t rouse her two teenage children”. ”I was in bed and I heard the RUMBLING. THE BED WAS MOVING. I JUMPED OUT OF BED and ran to the kids’ room. Everybody was ASLEEP“. This is the latest of adults PANICKING MORE THAN their kids.
“Seismologist Egill Hauksson, a veteran researcher at Caltech, said it was THE ONLY magnitude-4.4 temblor within the range since recording of earthquakes began”. “He told a Caltech news conference” “The Santa Monica Mountains are a VERY OLD rock formation, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of years old and we sort of think of it as being a VERY RIGID (?) block“. “very rigid?” REALLY? Some of those “blocks” crumbled or at least showed signs of crumbling. ”And the earthquakes tend to cluster either north of them or south of them, but DON’T seem to be occurring within the mountains“.
“The quake was, however, “PAR for the course in Southern California” and likely would be studied only briefly to understand how it fits in with previous activity, Hauksson said”.
To conclude, this earthquake was only a 4.4 on the Richter Scale? It felt A LOT WORSE than that. It wasn’t exactly A JOLT, but it definitely was a good SHAKER, which got a lot of attention.