Just as last night’s South Park episode was coming to a conclusion the house shook and and the windows rattled. Right away I knew it was an earthquake — not the “Big One” but a quake nonetheless. No damage that I’m aware of, but the dog and the cat were a little freaked out.
A minor earthquake occurred at 9:28:49 PM (PDT) on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. The magnitude 3.1 event occurred 3 km (2 miles) NE of Newport Beach, CA. The hypocentral depth is 8 km ( 5 miles).
Magnitude: 3.1 – local magnitude (ML)
Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 9:28:49 PM (PDT)
Distance from: Newport Beach, CA – 3 km (2 miles) NE (55 degrees), San Joaquin Hills, CA – 4 km (3 miles) WNW (299 degrees), Costa Mesa, CA – 5 km (3 miles) SE (138 degrees), Newport Coast, CA – 6 km (3 miles) NW (308 degrees), Los Angeles Civic Center, CA – 58 km (36 miles) SE (144 degrees)
Coordinates: 33 deg. 37.8 min. N (33.630N), 117 deg. 52.5 min. W (117.875W)
Depth: 7.5 km (4.7 miles)
Location Quality: Good
Location Quality Parameters: Nst=107, Nph=107, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.44 sec, Erho=0.4 km, Erzz=0.9 km, Gp=54 degrees
Event ID#: ci14358316
It turned out, the epicenter was about two miles east from my house, as displayed in this nifty Google map.