Strong earthquakes hit off California coast — Initially thought to be M6.4 and M6.1 back-to-back — 190 miles from San Onofre nuclear plant (VIDEO)

Published: December 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm ET


Title: Strong California Earthquakes
Source: WBOY
Author: Tony Amormino, Meteorologist
Date Updated: Dec 14, 2012 7:50 AM EST
h/t Anonymous tip

A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of California and Mexico Friday morning.

A 6.3 earthquake struck at 5:36am EST and minutes later a powerful aftershock, a 4.7, occurred just north of the original earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey. […]

Originally, it was thought a 6.4 and 6.1 earthquake happened within moments of each other. It was later confirmed that there was only one earthquake. […]

Distance from quake to San Onofre nuclear plant

Watch the video here

Published: December 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm ET


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15 comments to Strong earthquakes hit off California coast — Initially thought to be M6.4 and M6.1 back-to-back — 190 miles from San Onofre nuclear plant (VIDEO)

  • weeman

    What did I say about the squid dead on beach, precursor to earthquake a big one, 6.4 is pretty big on ricther scale, deep water creatures, lack of oxygen due to gas release under water as stresses build at plate boundary.

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    So true. I think the squid die off article should be listed under the related articles. I see a connection.


    You called it.

  • Nuclear-NotCleanNotGreen

    Hopefully more Californians are awake to the dangers of nuclear energy and this ballot initiative to shut down California's nuclear power plants will pass this time:

    **Santa Cruz resident Ben Davis Jr., who was behind a failed initiative that would have effectively shuttered California’s two nuclear power plants after proponents were unable to collect enough signatures to place it on the 2012 ballot, is back with a new petition effort seeking to place a similar measure on the 2014 ballot.**


  • Nukites

    Sorry the squid thing in not related to the earthquake. That is a serious stretch. The squid are effected by the temperature of the water. If you have watched weather related discussions, there has been a battle of ocean temps as cold water overran a weak El nino. Now El nino has punched through the cold surface waters to dominate several of the ENSO regions. These squid got caught in warm waters after chasing prey.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I do understand how certain marine animals can be very susceptible to only being able to survive within certain temperature ranges, but… I donno. If this was the third event within so many weeks, then… I'm just not completely convinced as yet. Although, I don't see it as a precursor to earthquake either. I still suspect some type of connection to what they were feeding on as a first suspect anyway.

  • razzz razzz

    That video shows the result of a 7.2 quake (I could have swore it was initially in the high 7s but downgraded) in Baja Mexico 4.4.2010 as the usually stoic mountain range rising to about 5,000 – 6,000 feet begins about 30 miles from the epicenter.

    Clouds of dusts are from rockfalls as there is sparse vegetation on the desert side lower slopes.

    I was in San Diego about 110 miles from the epicenter and it was the strongest quake I ever felt since I have been here during 45+ years. Shook for a good 20 seconds, I was in the garage as it starting rattling everything and had time to walk out the side door to watch the power poles and power lines sway back and forth.

  • razzz razzz

    Here you can see what affect a 7.2 quake has on a swimming pool at ground level within 30 miles of the epicenter (think about a SFP, 4 or 5 stories up in the air).

    • weeman

      That left a impression on my mind, that was a short duration quake how long did it shake in Japan, four stories up swing like a pendulum, the waves in the pool would move and bend the fuel racks, someone do the math,
      If the racks are held securely in place