L Habra, CA Earthquake: 5.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale!

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La Habra, CA  Earthquake: 5.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale!

First and foremost I would like to thank all of you who sent emails, calls and comments about us being safe. We were fine and thank you for your care and concern.

Those of you who know me and read my blog posts know we live in Marina del Rey, CA., if you did a Google search you would realize that it is about 34+/- miles from where we live on the Freeway. As the crow flies it might be about 25-28 miles.

Of course the interesting part for those who never experienced an earthquake, the actual earthquake and its effects could vary in many ways. Just as our reaction on how we are affected by it depends on which fault line was shaking. This particular one is a fault line that goes towards downtown Los Angeles, never the less we had friends who did not feel it in Sherman Oaks, nor in Brentwood to name a few places.

To us this felt like a wave. It got out attention, we are very grateful that all it did was scaring us a bit. We feel bad for the people who were actually effected most, those were the twenty some odd apartment and condo dwellers in La Habra. From what I heard no one was injured and that is the main thing.

Customarily if the earthquake is near and under 3.2 magnitude it is hardly noticed by anyone. Once the magnitude increases then potentially the damage and or the reaction you have will increase. Usually this whole affair lasts less than 30 seconds but your emotional reaction makes it feel like an eternity.

So what did we do after it? Nothing continued with our evening ritual, listen to music and enjoy dinner and go about our normal routine. What should we have done? We should have gone over our emergency procedures, check our emergency kit and do practice drills. Oh well maybe next timeJ

earthquake preparedness, Endre Barath Los Angeles Relocation Realtor

Honest we will update our procedures soon!

Hope you enjoyed reading about this and take my word it is still a great place to live or relocate to the greater Los Angeles area!

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites  at  http://www.endrebarath.com. I am a pet friendly realtor and I contribute a portion of my commissions to local animal rescue organizations   






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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Endre -- it was quite a jolt Friday night, wasn't it?  

Mar 30, 2014 05:28 PM #1
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

The largest quake I had ever experienced, seemed like it lasted about 15 seconds.

Mar 30, 2014 05:47 PM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Endre,

I have never felt one even though we have had a tremor or two here.

I am a fervent procrastinator as well!

Make yourself a great day.

Mar 30, 2014 09:56 PM #3
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Endre, I heard about this on the news. Hope all is well and everything works out ok out west.

Mar 30, 2014 11:53 PM #4
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Endre, please update your procedures ASAP.  I'll be reminding you until you do!

Mar 31, 2014 12:12 AM #5
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Felt like jolts in Eastvale, not a wave. Interesting. Glad you are safe and yes, So Cal is a great place to live.

Mar 31, 2014 02:09 AM #6
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

Glad you are safe.  Earthquakes do not hit our area so often, but the hurricane season is a nailbiter every year!  Our plus is we get some advanced notice!

Mar 31, 2014 04:29 AM #7
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Endre - We saw the damage that occurred inside some of the homes down in that area, and immediately thought of you, Diane, and the cats.  I'm glad you're okay!

Mar 31, 2014 04:57 AM #8
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Glad you are safe.  And, really those quakes took quite a toll on some people.

Mar 31, 2014 07:13 AM #9
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


I have not seen the news but am glad you are ok!  When we lived in the Seattle area we use to felt a few small earthquakes but we kept hearing that a big one was expected to hit.  I was so worried about it and for my family.  I had an emergency kit by our front door in our coat closet and also carried one in our family car.  We moved away from there and back to CA in 1996 and I don't think they still have had that big one hit in Seattle!!!!  Hope they never do and hope there are not more to come for you!


Mar 31, 2014 04:30 PM #10
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Glad you are safe. I agree Los Angeles is a great place to live.

Mar 31, 2014 09:11 PM #11
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Glad to hear you are safe. I saw a friend on Facebook mentioned feeling it, so she must be close to you. 

Mar 31, 2014 11:03 PM #12
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

Glad to hear you are safe. I heard on the radio and thought, we need to pray for LA to have a bigger one than what you guys already had and that it didn't cause any deaths. Material things can get replaced but when you loose a loved one thats unreplaceable.

Have a blessed day

Apr 01, 2014 03:03 AM #13
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Endre ... update your emergency procedures just to stay on the safe side.  Another hit Chile this evening.  Better to be safe and prepared.

Apr 01, 2014 11:37 AM #14
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Endre: One thing we forget is to keep our GAS TANK of our cars full (or nearly) at all times. If there is a disruption, there will be long lines!!!  

Apr 02, 2014 02:42 AM #15
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


I missed this post but we knew about the quake from my cousins. Glad you folks are fine and no damage. I understand the being ready part and sometimes taking your time to do just that. Here we have to be ready for a hurricane. We might be what is called overdue for one and the season will come fast. We need to do the same thing in case of a hurricane. Sometimes I jst ahte spending that time but it is necessary. You never know.. Have a great weekend my friend.. 

Apr 04, 2014 04:57 AM #16
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Endre-Better get that SOP squared away PDQ. With the ocean on a flank and faults all around, not much time and space to get it together.

Apr 06, 2014 01:57 PM #17
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