Twin earthquakes rock Los Angeles & New York

May 18th, 2009 - 3:22 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

America’s East and West coast have been rattled by earthquakes within hours of each other, sending emergency service call centers and the micro-blogging platform Twitter into a frenzy as Los Angeles and New York both felt the earth move

The first quake, a moderate magnitude 3.0, occurred 10 miles (16km) north of Medusa, NY., at 8.53pm (EDT) at a depth of 5.6 miles (9km) and was felt as far away as New York city, 129 miles to the north.

Three hours later Los Angeles was rattled when a magnitude 5.0 quake hit at 8.39pm (PDT) east of Los Angeles International Airport.

US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was centered approximately one mile from Lennox, one mile from Inglewood, two miles from Hawthorne, four miles from El Segundo and occurred at a depth of 8.4 miles (13.51km).

Reports flooded emergency call centers and more than 1,000 people flooded the micro-blogging platform Twitter with real-time reports. In a matter of a few seconds more than 20,000 “tweets” had been made by people feeling the quake.

One of those “tweeting” was Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) who said initial assessments indicated the trembler cause no major structural damage and no serious injuries.

Residents reported hearing a tremendous boom, followed by 10 to 15-seconds of shaking in which pans, books and glasses were sent tumbling to the floor, windows shattered and tiles knocked from roofs.

The USGS said the initial quake, which was felt as far south as San Diego and as far east as Riverside County was followed by at least three after aftershocks, with the largest registering at magnitude 3.1.

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