Sunday, September 9, 2007


Shortly after 6 am this morning the Pickster hopped on top of me in bed trembling and holding on for dear life. Normally she makes a more subtle entrance and tries not to wake me up. This was a full on frantic pounce that jerked me awake from a dead sleep. I petted her and calmed her down and fell back asleep. I didn't give it much more though until I heard we had an earthquake this morning. Now I realize the source of her anxiety. These seem to be coming with increasing frequency. I hope it isn't a warning of bigger things to come.

Burst of microquakes hit off La Jolla
10:50 a.m. September 9, 2007

LA JOLLA – A pair of very small earthquakes centered 8 miles off La Jolla rattled some coastal San Diego residents awake Sunday, but occurred about 30 miles away from the epicenter of a larger quake that struck late Saturday.
Sunday morning's first quake struck at 6:11 a.m. with a magnitude 3.7. A 2.7 temblor struck at 6:40 a.m. Both were centered seven miles beneath the ocean floor, according to automated seismographs operated by the U.S. Geologic Survey and a consortium of universities.

A series of more than a dozen very-small earthquakes centered off the La Jolla and Pacific Beach coasts have erupted in the past week, including an magnitude 3.2 quake that hit at 12:10 p.m. Friday, and a magnitude 4.0 that hit at 7:48 a.m. Tuesday.
At 7:34 p.m. Saturday, a magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck 26 miles southwest of Camp Pendleton.

The epicenter of that earthquake is about 30 miles away from the center of the rash of microquakes off La Jolla, according to seismograph data from the universities' network.

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