2.9 earthquake hits Ladera

Temblor felt in Menlo Park, Palo Alto

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit Ladera along the San Andreas Fault Wednesday evening around 8:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The shallow earthquake hit about 2.6 miles deep, according to USGS. It struck 2 miles southwest of Stanford, 3 miles south southwest of Menlo Park and 4 miles southwest of Palo Alto.

There have been no reported injuries or damage. Palo Alto police said Wednesday around 10 p.m. that they had not received any calls about the earthquake.

View the USGS page on the earthquake here.


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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy!

Earthquakes. Drought. And yes, an asteroid is doing a near "fly-by" this Sunday (south of New Zealand). Will it miss us as they promise? Or, are their calculations not quite correct (computer errors that has happened before with satellite launches , etc.)?

Droughts are catastrophic events that sneak up on us. All the rest, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic explosions (Think Yellowstone super volcano), hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters sitting in wait to happen suddenly and explosively, and those are all just around the corner.

We have to blame somebody to make us feel better, but who? We can run, but we can't hide.

So, California, "duck and cover!"

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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Sep 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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We have our choice here in California: great weather and earthquakes on occasion, or hurricanes, floods, harsh winters and high humidity summers in the Midwest and est coast. Never regretted moving west from New York City 74 years ago. Declined transfers to the Midwest and had to switch jobs, but I will take the West Coast over any other US locations. An occasional shake is just enough to keep us alert and make sur our homes can stand it.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I like your attitude and iI fully agree.

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Posted by stephanie curry
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

earthquakes are bad.

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Posted by keithw
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Earthquakes are natural. Big earthquakes can be destructive. Small earthquakes are potentially good, as they can relieve stress on a fault, without destruction.

Saying earthquakes are bad is like saying a windstorm is bad. they are part of nature.

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Posted by Liz
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Sep 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Well, Keithw, earthquakes aren't so great when the epicenter is a mere .5 miles from one's home. Small quakes do relieve some stress, however, since they can be a precursor for a bigger quake, they are a cause for concern.

Droughts, on the other, can be managed if we have a mind to do so. Desalination plants can and should be built. They're not cheap, but lost agriculture isn't cheap either. What surprised me is that a desalination plant is being built, but by private enterprise. That water is going to be mighty expensive once profit is added to the bill.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

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that desalinated water is going to be real expensive because 80% of our water goes to agriculture which WASTES it. If they had be more conservative in their water use we wouldn't need desalination.

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