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The LA panics: 9:11 in the city

When the 4.4 quake struck Southern California days ago, experts said that it would be just beginning of a bigger one..
And now, with a 5.1 shaking Los Angeles directly, people are hoping that that is the biggest they will be hit with..

The earthquake struck at 9:11 Friday night just as the night life began--panic ensued .. While no major damages occurred from the shake, it only did more to rattle the nerves and spirits of the people of the City of Angels, off the Pacific..

The epicenter of the earthquake was in Orange County.. the USGS said that hours before the bigger 5.1, a 3.6 hit in same area.

This is how the initial AP dispatch read shortly after the events of Friday night:
Authorities say a magnitude-5.1 earthquake has shaken the Los Angeles area. The U.S. Geological Survey originally estimated the quake to be a magnitude-5.3. It said the Friday quake struck at about 9:11 p.m. and was centered near Brea in Orange County — about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. About an hour earlier, a 3.6 quake hit nearby in the city of La Habra. There were no immediate reports of damage.
Officials say this was an unusual sequence of events--especially with the 3.6 before and then the larger 5.1 after..

After the bigger earthquake hit, there were aftershocks lasting throughout the night in the same locations.

One reporter at MASHABLE even noted that since the quake occurred after 9pm, thousands of people undoubtedly felt it while they were sitting in theater seats watching NOAH battle the flood.. One Tweet remarked that they thought the theater had advanced to 4D, and that the quake struck right as the flood hit in the movie..

The word in the streets in LA, and undoubtedly the bars and clubs where people may have been subdued, the 'big one' is coming. News accounts have warned over the past month that a large quake is coming to California and that a 'bigger one' than any recently is due..

There has not been a strong earthquake in the area since the mid 1990s.. that may be changing with the recent series of tremors ..

NBC Los Angeles has a series of images showcasing the damages from last night's quake--they are plenty by their are really minor compared to what would have happened during a big one. The good news from the images is that it seems those most busy with the 'cleanup' will be stock boys in grocery stores--much much better than search and rescue teams combing rubble.

And as always, should you be one of those worried souls like I am thinking the 'big one' is just around the corner, here's live quake cam in LA. You never know when the needle will begin to bounce..



STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …


Real news has become surreal.. I find many headlines of our current day to relate back to THE STAND.. I know the comparison is a little fuzzy, and my overdoing it may be annoying to some. But when the strange similarities to me are striking.. The STAND starts in Texas. And in real life Texas is the center stage for the Ebola scare. And even worse, the endless stories of people 'coming back to life' are getting bizarre--though we can assume that parts of Africa cannot truly pinpoint the cause of death, so somene coming back to life is moot: The person probably wasn't dead. At least we hope they weren't.. Though SNOPES can tell us it's a hoax, try to explain the high strangeness of ABC NEWS filming a dead man and suddenly seeing him moving..

Continuing to the real news of the day (though it seems like fiction half of the time), focus is now turning on how Thomas Duncan got inot the United States. The Washington POST is giving us an hour by hour synopsis of what happen…