I am near my Mom's in So Cal for the holiday. A few hours ago, the house starts to shake, and its a rolling type of quake that we can feel for quite a few seconds. When this happens, you always wonder if it is a small quake near by, or it's a big quake far away. This time, I was pretty sure that it was a big quake far away.
Turns out, it was a 6.9 quake about 45 miles south of the border. It was around 200 miles from where we are and we could feel it very well, thank you very much. 6.9 has potential for serious damage, especially where building codes are lax.
I did a bit of preliminary intel and it appears that there are several small towns within 20 miles of the epicenter. I talked to a firefighter in Calexico CA, which is on the border and he said there is some structural damage there, apparently minor, but a full assessment was just getting started.
I am afraid there will be some injuries if not deaths in Mexico, I hope it's not too bad. I know it's not a matter of "if" around here, it's a matter of "when".
It may be a long night for some folks.
Thanks for reading,
A Jittery Schmoe