Earthquake felt in San Diego at 9:46 AM
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake was felt throughout San Diego at approximately 9:46 AM. Initial reports are still coming in, but the US Geological Survey reports that it was at a depth of 19.6 miles, about 120 miles from San Diego. Initially the magnitude was reported at 5.5, but was decreased shortly after.
Immediately Twitter was a buzz about the shaking, which was felt at the Entertainer offices in Rancho Bernardo. Reports of shaking came from University City, UCSD, and downtown as well.
This 5.5 quake is considered a moderate quake and likely an aftershock of the 7.2 earthquake felt over the weekend. The weekend quake damaged buildings in Mexico and border cities. Early reports show that the most recent earthquake has not caused any damage in the San Diego area.
While earthquakes cannot be predicted, and no one really knows when the “Big One” is coming, these smaller quakes should be a reminder that we live in earthquake country. It is important to know what to do in an earthquake, and talk to your family members to establish an emergency plan. Where should you meet after an earthquake? What if you’re at home? What if you’re at work or school?
By planning ahead you can make sure you are as prepared as you can be. Stock your home with water and nonperishable foods. Buy batteries, blankets, and a first aid kit. These items should be stored somewhere that is safe and in an area that will easily be accessible if your home is damaged.
For additional tips on what do do during an earthquake, the Entertainer suggests you read the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) directions here.