jenn April 5th, 2010
A 7.2 earthquake struck about 80 miles south of us yesterday. It was the first one that I have ever been in (or at least felt). Johnny and I had joined the Scott/Riggs family for their Easter festivities and BBQ. The kids were running around playing with water guns while the adults were chatting and playing chess. Next thing I know, the ground starts shaking and all of our trucks start rocking back and forth. It was pretty surreal. It was like being on an amusement park ride except that you didn’t know what was going to happen or when it was going to end. And, everyone was ready for it to end. I never get motion sick, but I was starting to as was everyone around me. It just kept going and going. The news is claiming that it only lasted about 30-55 seconds but everyone near me agreed that it felt more like 2-3 minutes. I wish that we would have timed it, but being in Slab City, no one had a watch on.
I guess it shook the whole SW. I received an email from liveworkdream.com stating that they felt it all the way over by Tuscon. Wow!
Above are maps from USGS showing the earthquake activity in this area (we are near Niland, CA) over the last week and the shake map for the 7.2 that hit yesterday. There are a lot more maps and information on their website.