Maybe I'm overreacting here, but I have a really weird feeling right now. A feeling that something very out of the ordinary is happening in my neck
of the woods.
This morning there were two earthquakes centered La Verne, CA just north of Pomona. Both of them were of similar magnitude (3.6 and 3.7) and both were
described as a "quick jolt".
There are 3 things about these quakes that I find unsettling.
First, I grew up in this area and I have NEVER heard of an earthquake epicenter in La Verne. I searched the history of quakes here
and sure enough as far back as 1971 all I can find are the 2 quakes from this morning, but this alone is not what
is so bizarre...that is what is next...
Secondly, the news has been buzzing around here about these small quakes, but interestingly enough there was a similar quake here just last week (on
9/11 actually). I was sitting in my office here in Pomona in the morning and suddenly I felt a very short and quick jolt. I could hear the building
move. Luckily I was not the only one who felt it as the office secretary yelled out earthquake, but nobody besides me or her felt it. What is strange
to me is this...when the quake happened last week I looked it up and it was listed. Now when I search for this quake it does not show up on the data
centers records. However I did find a news article about it
There is also an article in the LA Times about todays quake
however it mentions "In the past 10
days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby" , but only 8 days ago the Times ran this story
The third and last strange thing about these quakes is the type of quake. Short, intense jolts. I've experienced hundreds of earthquakes in my life
growing up near Los Angeles, but I cannot recall earthquakes like these before. They are over before they begin. They are just a single bump on the
scale. Look at the very top row here pasadena.wr.usgs.gov...
that is what was felt. All 3 of these
Pomona quakes were of similar magnatude and length.
I'm not sure what this is means to us, but I have a feeling this is not your typical fault line earthquake scenario. We have a long line of foothills
running right over the epicenter and I'm wondering if it's possible there is some volcanic activity. I'm probably paranoid, but Mt. Baldy looms
above Pomona and I did find some theories that it could possibly be a volcano and even found a report from 1895 that it did in fact erupt and could be
seen from Seattle www.historylink.org...