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Old 02-22-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:19 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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I was in high school and we lived in the San Gabriel Valley. Even with the epicenter that far away, all our schools were closed for the day due to the damage. It was definitely considered to be "the big one" in L.A. until the Whittier earthquake in 1987.

The earthquake last week in New Zealand was 6.3; not that much smaller than the Sylmar quake.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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It was definitely considered to be "the big one" in L.A. until the Whittier earthquake in 1987.
No and No.

It was not considered "The Big One". "The Big One" hasn't happened yet. "The Big One" would be expected to be much larger and the result of activity on the San Andreas Fault.

The first thing people were saying after Sylmar was "This wasn't The Big One."

The Whittier quake wasn't even "The Little One".

San Andreas Fault - Earthquake experts see the 'Big One' getting bigger - Los Angeles Times


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Old 02-22-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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No and No. It was not considered "The Big One". "The Big One" hasn't happened yet.
I believe it was relative to those of us who lived in southern California at the time.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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It was definitely considered to be "the big one" in L.A. until the Whittier earthquake in 1987.
6.6 (Sylmar) vs 5.9 (Whittier)?
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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6.6 (Sylmar) vs 5.9 (Whittier)?
Even Northridge (6.7 or 6.8) wasn't considered The Big One.

I wonder if he meant the Landers Quake in 92 which was 7.3. I was camping in the Sierras near the Kern River above Lake Isabella in a tent and pine cone fell on my tent together with some ground movement woke me up.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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That one shook the hell out of me all the way in Capistrano Beach, as did Hector Mine and Big Bear.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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The Big Bear quake hit a few hours after Landers. Remember? They called it the "Double Whammy". (We'd just had a new cement driveway poured the day before and totally freaked. We were out with flashlights checking it after the first quake. Yes. It cracked.)
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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Even Northridge (6.7 or 6.8) wasn't considered The Big One.
It was big enough for me!
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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6.6 (Sylmar) vs 5.9 (Whittier)?
Sorry, Kate...I forgot to check your seismology charts the last time I dropped by Cal Tech.
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