Tuesday, July 29, 2008

FEEL IT! FEEL IT!! FEEL THE VIBRATIONS!!!

Yep. 5.8 5.4, Chino Hills/Diamond Bar (Epicenter here), 11:42 a.m. No reports of serious damage, and none of the 2,347 shopping centers in the Inland Empire anchored by a Target and a Home Depot suffered any damage. The Militant was in an unspecified location in the San Gabriel Valley at the time (it rolled for quite a bit), he instantly knew what was up. Reports say the quake was felt as far away as Las Vegas.

And to all the new transplants: WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA! (Wait...moving back already? Okay! Here's to lower housing prices/rent!)

MILITANT EMERGENCY TIP! BTW, to everyone hogging up the cellphone lines, take note: Local calls are hard to make but you CAN make out-of-state calls. The Militant recommends you designate an out-of-state friend or relative to be an emergency Single Point of Contact in the event of an earthquake, flood, wildfire, riot, alien invasion or zombie attack, and have your family members or social circle contact that person next time these things come round.

You're welcome.

15 comments:

soledadenmasa said...

I love earthquakes. They're so quick that it's soon over. Hopefully we learned enough from the Sylmar, Whittier Narrows, Loma Linda, and Northridge earthquakes to construct safe buildings and make sure our homes/businesses are safe.

They're also one of the ways I know I'm back in L.A. from college in the East Coast, along with televised car chases, the sun, and Farmer John's stench.

chicanaskies said...

I heard about the quake and knew the Militant would write something about it!!

Now that the initial fear that my family + friends would be hurt has subsided (it was "only" a 5.4), now I feel kind of jealous. It's been such a long time since we've had a quake! I wish I could've been there. Earthquakes in the 4-5 point range are generally exciting because there's usually not any damage but it's strong enough to feel.

I wonder what the transplants are saying?

Militant Angeleno said...

chicanaskies:

I wonder what the transplants are saying?

"Hello? U-Haul? Yes, I'd like to rent a moving van...ASAP!"

sopasesos said...

we haven't had a good jolt like that in a while. i thought about something you said in the sacatela creek post... envisioned a "post-big one" l.a. with o.g. waterways seeing the light of day again...

Miles said...

After northridge, our neighbors from Germany literally packed up their bags that day, headed to lax and were never seen again. Seriously.

Militant Angeleno said...

Miles: Well, Germany is one of the few places in the world that doesn't experience natural disasters, though once in a while when they get a heat wave of over 90 degrees F, about 3 percent of their population dies.

Guess the only place that doesn't have natural disasters is...outer space. Oh wait, they have supernovas, black holes, meteors and the fact that there's no air out there could be a bit of a problem.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious bit about the 2,347 stores anchored by Home Depot and Target! Cuz that's really how it is!

I am a transplant of 6 years who was driving and didn't feel a thing. Still laughing at my family and friends back East sending me emails and text messages in all caps "ARE YOU OKAY???"

Good Lord, I want to tell them- look on a map and see how close Inglewood is to Chino Hills fool!!!

Steph D. said...
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Steph D. said...

I appreciate your in depth knowledge of LA. You are forgiven this time for including Diamond Bar in the Inland Empire... but it is not, no matter what wikipedia says.

Militant Angeleno said...

Steph D.:The Militant was referring more to Chino Hills, which is undeniably IE.

Tania said...

Oh Militant! I know I can count on you for awesome LA reporting. I live about 10 minutes from Chino Hills and it was shakin' alright! I guess when things like this happen it reminds us that (yes) even us Angelenos are mortal.

Good thing everyone's okay, but Militant you forgot to mention that the IE and the rest of suburbia is anchored by not only 2,347 Home Depot and Target, but also the wonderful cultural centers of: Applebees, Color Me Mine, Costco, and (dare I say) Chipotle. Cheers!!

johnny said...

Yeah, I'm sure plenty of the transplants are freaked. I have a friend from England who was panicking while it happened, but was pretty enthused directly afterwards since now he's had an authentic LA earthquake experience. A rite of passage for the willing, I suppose.

Militant Angeleno said...

Tania: ...and Chick-Fil-As, too.

vanessa said...

militant angeleno, i love you.

Militant Angeleno said...

vanessa: Awwww shucks...