Total Solar Eclipse Tomorrow

By: LowerCal , 6:00 PM GMT on July 02, 2008

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Today - SpaceWeather.com
This Week - SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance
This Month -
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Tour July's Sky by Eye and Ear
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Tour August's Sky by Eye and Ear

All events described below can be viewed with your naked eye (except for all partial stages of the solar eclipse). Occasionally simple binoculars will improve the view and that will be noted. (Do NOT use binoculars, camera viewfinders or telescopes to view the Sun.) Scroll down for future dates, farther down for past dates.


SkyandTelescope.com - Eclipses - How to Watch a Partial Solar Eclipse Safely

Looking at the Sun is harmful to your eyes at any time, partial eclipse or no. The danger that a partial solar eclipse poses is simply that it may prompt people to gaze at the Sun, something they wouldn't normally do. The result can be "eclipse blindness," a serious eye injury that can leave temporary or permanent blurred vision or blind spots at the center of your view. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to watch the show safely. ...
Total Solar Eclipse
August 1
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - August 1st's Eastern Solar Eclipse

NASA links:
NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01 (color map with general info and links),
Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (detailed map with precise technical info),
Live Web Coverage of the 2008 Total Solar Eclipse and
Ancient Eclipses in China.

Some areas will be able to see all or part of the dark moon this month. Its silhouette will hide part of the Sun.

● Dark Moon

August 1
Exact at
1013 UT/GMT
6:13am EDT
3:13am PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Four-Planet Dance
August & September
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - The Four-Planet Dance of 2008
(The article contains a a nice animation.)


) Thinnest Evening Crescent Moon
August 2
Low in western sky shortly after sunset.
Moonsighting.com


Meteor Shower

WU Photo: Searching for Shooting Stars by johnlanoue Monday October 8, 2007

For Better Viewing
Find a Dark Location
A dark rural location without "security" lights is best. If that's not convenient try to find a location where you can't see any lights or lighted surfaces. A nearby park or maybe even your backyard would qualify. On a beach facing the water could be a good alternative.

Where to Look
Meteors can appear in any part of the sky. To see the most meteors face the darkest part of your sky and look at least 45° above the horizon.

Be Comfortable
A reclining chair will keep you from getting a stiff neck and tired feet. A sleeping bag will keep you warm. (Even in the summertime you can get chilly at night if you are just lying still.) Insect repellent will keep you from being distracted by those little pests.

General Meteor Shower Information
An easy to read introduction to meteors with an interesting summary of annual showers is
Astronomy - Meteors and meteor showers - Francis Reddy.

The two primary sources of most of what you'll read about meteor showers are
The American Meteor Society and
The International Meteor Organinzation.

Perseid Meteor Shower
Late Night August 12 - Early Morning August 13
SkyandTelescope.com - Homepage Observing - Prepare for the Perseids
(This article was for 2007. The dates, times and moon phase are different this year.)
Early Morning August 12 N America & W Europe
Early Morning August 13 Asia
Early Morning August 12 & 13 Middle East & E Europe
The peak rate is 100 per hour at ideal locations. Dates given are for peak visibility. A significant number of meteors will be visible before and after the peak dates. The peak rate of the shower coincides with peak visibility for N America.

The meteors will be most visible after moonset and before dawn begins to lighten the sky. For 30°N (the southern US) that will be about 2:15-5:00am local time. For 45°N (the northern US) the best viewing time will be about 1:15-4:30am.

Source and more information at
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Perseids.


Deep Partial Lunar Eclipse
August 16
None of it for North America though. :^[
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - August's Partial Lunar Eclipse

NASA links:
NASA - Total Lunar Eclipse: February 20, 2008 (color diagram and with general info and links)
Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2008 August 16 (detailed map with precise technical info).


Outline of Sky Events for the Year
2008
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Sky Highlights of 2008

SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Eclipses in 2008

SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Meteor Showers in 2008

The question, "How could I make a valuable contribution to the science of astronomy as a simple naked eye observer?" is answered in
SkyandTelescope.com - Stargazing - The Scientific Value of Visual Observing
which may lead you to the following, in order:
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Meteors: A Primer,
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Basics of Meteor Observing and
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Advanced Meteor Observing.


***** Past Dates *****

● Dark Moon

July 2 & 3
Exact at
July 3 0219 UT/GMT
July 2 10:19pm EDT
July 2 7:19pm PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


) Thinnest Crescent Moon

WU Photo: Brand New Moon by Ohlen Wednesday June 4, 2008
July 3
It will be possible to spot the first thin crescent of the lunar cycle (the new moon) in the Americas very soon after sunset - Moonsighting.com.


Early July
(with special guest appearances by the Thin Crescent Moon)
July 5 & 6
Mars Passes Saturn
July 10
Each succeeding early evening above the W horizon you can watch the reddish planet Mars step to the upper left away from the bluish-white star Regulus and toward the brighter yellowish planet Saturn.

Previews - Graphics of the western evening sky June 30, July 1, July 5 & 6 and July 10 from
SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


◐ First Quarter Moon

July 9 or 10
Exact
July 10 0435 UT/GMT
July 10 12:35am EDT
July 9 9:35pm PDT.

Rises near noon and sets near midnight. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.


○ Full Moon

WU photo: Full moon by spaluch1 Tuesday June 17, 2008
July 18
Exact at
0759 UT/GMT
3:59am EDT
12:59am PDT.

Rises near sunset and sets near sunrise. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Night Launch
Early Morning July 23 Unknown
Space Archive - The Southwest's Source for Regional Space Information
The next publicly announced Vandenberg AFB missile launch is a Target Launch Vehicle (TLV) early on the morning of July 23 during a 02:15-03:20 PDT launch period. The launch will be observed by the NFIRE satellite to collect data for the Missile Defense Agency.

◑ Last Quarter Moon

July 25
Exact at
1842 UT/GMT
2:42pm EDT
11:42m PDT.

Rises near midnight and sets near noon. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.

Morning crescent moons follow the Last Quarter Moon. Each one thinner and closer to the horizon.


Multiple Meteor Showers
Last Weekend of July
While there is no especially strong meteor shower this weekend the combined contribution of many sources will produce a rate well above an average night.

Meteors may be visible in late evening for the hour or two before moonrise. Visibility covers the Southern Hemisphere through the southern Northern Hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere tropics will have the best visibility.

Source and more information at
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Piscis Austrinids,
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Southern δ(delta)-Aquariids,
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - α(alpha)-Capricornids,
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Antihelion Source and
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - sporadics.


★★★ Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Regulus and Venus
Mid-Late July
In the early evening above the W horizon you can see the reddish planet Mars. To its lower right stands the brighter yellowish planet Saturn. Farther to the lower right stands the bluish-white star Regulus just a tiny bit brighter than Mars.

These three bright points of light line up to point at the brilliant white planet Venus lower in the WNW. In mid July Venus sets very soon after the Sun and you will need a clear WSW horizon and possibly binoculars to see her. As the month progresses Saturn and Regulus drop lower and Venus rises higher. By July 28 Mars, Saturn, Regulus and Venus appear roughly equally spaced above the W-WNW horizon.

Throughout latter half of July the brilliant cream colored planet Jupiter appears higher in the SE in the evening and set earlier in the SW in the morning.

(Tip: To make the colors more noticeable slightly unfocus your camera, binoculars or remove your eyeglasses.)

Extending the line of Venus, Regulus, Saturn and Mars across the sky should pass very close to Jupiter. That line is the result of you looking at the plane of the solar system edge on.

How the sky will look tonight - Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart. (You can also change locations, dates and times with this tool.)

Previews - Graphics of the western evening sky July 18 and July 30
from SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


( Thinnest Morning Crescent Moon
July 31
Low in the eastern sky shortly before sunrise.




Click to zoom in on my visitor map!

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Saturn, Mars and Regulus (rds817)
This was taken at ISO200 with a 10s exposure. I like how the colors of the planets turned out but I can't figure out why they seem so big. Can anybody tell me?
Saturn, Mars and Regulus
Independence Day Moon (amoonrover)
Independence Day Moon
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alignement (rds817)
ISO200, F4.0 6s, slightly enhanced. It looked better in the camera, so I had to brighten it up a little.
alignement
alignment of planets (rds817)
Crescent moon, Saturn, Mars and Regulus with a few passing clouds, July 6. ISO200 F4.0 4s This turned out better than the ones last night. And I didn't even have to leave the yard. Although the passing cars probably wondered what I was doing sitting by the road in the dark.
alignment of planets
The Alignment (alfredogarciajr)
"The Alignment." This past 4th of Jul weekend, there was a beautiful alignment of stars and planetary objects. All you had to do was look west and you could not helped to notice the alignment. I captured it on 5 Jul 2008 just as the crescent Moon was setting over the mountains to the west of Frazier Park, CA. The order from upper left to lower right is Saturn, Mars, Regulus (star), Moon. This was a 15 second exposure at ASA 800 through a Sigma telezoom lens set at 100mm.
The Alignment
Summer's Milky Way (Astronight)
Our Galaxy...The Bright Dot is the Planet Jupiter
Summer's Milky Way
Meteor Crater (anvilhead)
Meteor Crater
Luna and the Electric Lights Orchestra....... (shutterbug1)
at 10:27 PM , July 14th, 2008... ;-)
Luna and the Electric Lights Orchestra.......
Lunar departure (spaluch1)
A jet departs to the south under a nearly full moon.
Lunar departure
Full Buck Moon/Thunder Moon (shutterbug1)
Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month. ~ Farmer's Almanac ~
Full Buck Moon/Thunder Moon
Olympic Mountain Moonrise (zeusatolympus)
Olympic Mountain Moonrise
I See A Red Moon Rising (aphrodite)
This Moon Rise looks like the Olympic Mountains are cradling the moon
I See A Red Moon Rising
Leaf Silhouette (StrongSteve)
Leaf Silhouette
Full Moon in Paris - Eiffel Tower (BillyJack)
23h59
Full Moon in Paris - Eiffel Tower
Gold Butte Fire Lookout Night Panorama (buddypdx)
A friend and I went to stay a couple of nights up at the Gold Butte fire lookout. Wow, what a beautiful place. The lookout is perched atop a 4,600' peak in the middle of Oregon Cascade Range. During the day, we had fantastic views of Mt Jefferson to the east and Mt Hood to the north.

Here's the rental info page: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/recreation/rentals/wil-gold-butte-lo.shtml

The photo shows the moon rising through wildfire smoke in the east, the lookout to the south with the (unfortunately, faint) Milky Way rising, and Jupiter shining brightly low in the horizon.

This is a 4 minute exposure, f5.6, ISO 1600 with a 16mm lens on a tracking mount (a mount that rotates at the same rate as Earth - that's why the ground is blurred, but the stars are not). I combined several shots to span from east (left) to west and fiddled with the image levels to try and show the sky. The lookout's blue light is from an LED lamp and the orange light is from the fire in the woodstove. The trees on the right are lit by the moon, which by the time the camera was pointed that way, had risen above the smoke.

Although the moon (and the hazy smoke, and the high clouds...) washed out the Milky Way, it was still amazing and wonderful to see.

Gold Butte Fire Lookout Night Panorama
star trails (giannitumino)
North Pole star trails from Madonie Mountains (Sicily-Italy)
star trails

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234. LowerCal
12:15 AM GMT on August 01, 2008
New blog entry is up!
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233. LowerCal
12:06 AM GMT on August 01, 2008
Things are going good here, SL. We had a reminder quake a couple of days ago, which is actually a good thing.

I see that you and David were well blessed. I'm very happy for both of you. :^)
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232. SouthernLady
9:17 PM GMT on July 31, 2008
Hey LC!!! Long time no talk...LOL

How's it going?
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231. LowerCal
9:14 PM GMT on July 31, 2008
Thanks, sp. I've been looking for a graphic like that for a while. Maybe it will help get more people outside to spot the thinnest crescent moons like those of the morning of July 31 and the evening of August 2.

I was happy to provide the space, happy for the info contributed and happy for the company. Here's a public service announcement -
USGS Release: Southern Californians Urged to Join Largest Earthquake Drill in U.S. History.
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230. sp34n119w
4:42 AM GMT on July 31, 2008
Cool new graphic at the top, LC :)

Thanks for providing blog space for earthquake info yesterday (not that you had much choice!). It's good to have a clearinghouse, of sorts, in those situations.
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229. LowerCal
6:55 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Moon News

NASA Legend Buzz Aldrin Voices Concerns About Moon Rocket
... Aldrin says he wants to create a panel of experts to make sure that Constellation is the right way to go.

"We need to stick with the mission but rethink some of the ways we implement it," said Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. "It doesn't pay to stick with a bad idea."

Aldrin has won some backers, including a prominent Washington think tank and the backers of an alternate rocket design created by moonlighting NASA employees. ...

The Moon Beckons Again - for U.S., 8 Other Nations: The U.S. Will Team Up With Eight Other Nations in a New Effort to Explore the Lunar Surface
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228. LowerCal
6:38 PM GMT on July 30, 2008
Feather In some ways this was the best possible outcome... no serious injuries or damage but a firm reminder of the need to be prepared.

Glad your mom wasn't too bothered. It's funny, someone I know was walking around outside his home intently focused on his cell phone conversation when it happend. He didn't notice the earthquake but he had a "dizzy spell" also.


Pat It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.



cat I can't begin to tell you how glad I am that you didn't feel a thing in Texas, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. :^)
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227. catfuraplenty
1:22 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
I thought of you immediately SoCal when I read about the quake. I'm late checking on the web and hadn't heard the news all day. I'm glad to see you and other WU'ers are okay. Oddly enough, we didn't feel a thing here in Texas. LOL :p Hope everything stays well out there.
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226. Patrap
1:05 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
Shucks,,.I aint a-skeered of nuthing.

Launching thru the Eye of a Hurricane is Easy after surviving those GOM Tunnel experiments.

But CB pays well and I had the time. Link

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225. Feather3
12:15 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
Thanks too for letting us know your wife is OK. That's excellent news. My mother felt it all the way up in Solvang. . .said it made her dizzy and lightheaded. . .but it was pretty mild compared to what you all felt.

At any rate, I am sure glad there weren't any major injuries or damage.

Feather
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224. SBKaren
9:35 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
LC - good point. Most of our 'important' papers (including that extra $200 in cash in case you can't use a credit card or ATM's are down) are in a fireproof lock box.

My husband has me trained from a long time ago to never let the tank go under 1/4 full. I usually fill it up before then because of that...but it rarely gets under 1/4!

Now I've got to poof! Getting picked up soon.

Thanks for the run down on all the CA folks sp! Just knew everyone would be OK!
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223. LowerCal
9:31 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Karen There's the "bugout" kit - important documents and items in case you have to leave in a hurry. In case you have to leave the area keeping at least half a tank of gas in all vehicles like we do.

Patrap's Hurricane Preparation blog might give you more ideas... and of course there's Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country and Related Resources.

sp Thanks for looking out for us. :^) Hope the rest of your day isn't as bumpy.
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222. sp34n119w
9:14 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Well, let's see, that's LC, Mrs C, Karen and family, WxWyz's family, Emmy's friend, anvil is in chat, and L10 posted on ww. All present and accounted for, right? LOL
Maybe I can still get something done today, now that the excitement's over ;)
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221. SBKaren
8:56 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Less that a 5% chance that this was a 'fore' shock. So - just let it be a lesson to be prepared. I'm pretty sure we're prepared, lots of water, food, dog food, cat food and money available right at hand and easy to get too.

Flashlights in every bedroom and living room. What else??
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220. SBKaren
8:55 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
LC - if you get another post similar to that one, just delete it! It didn't seem to go through the first time.
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219. SBKaren
8:54 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Hmmm...my post didn't work...unless it posts later.

I talked to my older daughter who was at her local Kohl's. She said she really felt it. The fire alarm went off and they evacuated the store.

She tried to call home but couldn't get through. She just returned to the store to get the clothes she had to leave behind!

I've got the news on now and everything looks under control. Little damage, and only a few injuries (I think).

Phone service seems to be back up too - including cell phones.
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218. LowerCal
8:45 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
{Karen} Glad to hear you're OK. Thanks for checking in and for the reports. Hope everything is OK at your mom's house.
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217. SBKaren
8:43 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Hi LC
I usually fill out those surveys too, but since I didn't feel anything, I guess I can't. Glad you posted that map.

I tried to IM my daughter (she uses AIM at work) but it says she's away from her computer. According to the map, Santa Monica felt it lightly - maybe not at all!

Next, I'll try to call my older daughter...hope the phone works!
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216. LowerCal
8:34 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Reported Intensity Map

Explanation of the MODIFIED MERCALLI INTENSITY SCALE
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215. SBKaren
8:32 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
And then my next posting -

**Glad (not really glad, but relieved) to read that you had phone trouble too. I thought it was just me!

Here's a link to the most recent map:


Here's a link to the list of most recent quakes....wow - there's been quite a few. But the biggest looks like it regisered 5.4 WSW of Chino Hills
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214. SBKaren
8:31 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
How sweet of you guys to think of me. I'll do a copy and paste from my blog - I've got to get some lunch in me!

Well, I missed all the action. I was riding my bike to swim laps and apparently that's when the quake struck.

My brother, who also swims laps, asked me if I felt the earthquake. I thought he was kidding. He said the flags above the pool took a dip and the whole pool jolted. I missed the whole thing!

When I got home (about 5 minutes ago) there was a message from my mom that something fell in her house, but I'm not sure what, the message wasn't terribly clear. I tried calling her back but my phone is acting funny.

Finally used another one in the house and I think I got through, but she wasn't home - she is now off playing bridge.

I took a walk around the house and don't see anything out of place.

Naturally, the one day I give my cell phone to hubby, I could have used it! He's going to call us when we get to the Fair, so I gave it to him this morning. I think this is about the 1st time we've done this!

Must have been a premonition!

I did hear it was a 5.8 located outside of Chino. I'll do a search and post what I can, but I've got to eat first - I'm starving!
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213. LowerCal
8:05 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
GS Yep, looks like a first timer! LOL

Fsh Thanks. :^)

sp LOL "Welcome to California, now leave!"

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212. sp34n119w
8:00 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Oh and Karen was going to the OC Fair today so should be okay if she's there - big open spaces?
I looked at ww to see if L10 posted there but don't see him. Wait and see, I guess.
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211. LowerCal
8:00 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Emmy here's a map.
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210. LowerCal
7:59 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Emmy We're OK thanks. :^)

Temecula is SSE of the center of the quake about the same distance away as I am so I doubt there was any damage or danger there. If it's the first quake they felt it probably gave them a good scare though.
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209. sp34n119w
7:59 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Glad Mrs C is okay :)
Have you seen the video of the LA City Council meeting - they were in the midst of a vote - wonder what it was, lol. That building is one that's been retrofitted so they all stayed put.
People do move out when we get a quake - keep your fingers crossed ;)
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208. Fshhead
7:53 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Lady on the video said there have been 27 aftershocks, many to small for people to notice. Mmmm sounds like when you saw your monitor shimmy...
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207. Fshhead
7:51 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Hey speaking of that link of Pat's they got live video going there.
I am so glad you got ahold of the Mrs. & y'all are ok.
Link
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206. GulfScotsman
7:50 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
5.4
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205. LowerCal
7:48 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Good news! Mrs. Cal finally checked in via email and then cell phone. :^)

Michael People really do do that especially if the first shake they feel is a strong one like this was.

The shake maps should be up at the USGS site soon if they aren't already. Over the next few days the shaking felt map will fill in as people make their reports.

Pat Thanks for the update and link.
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204. Patrap
7:43 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Downtown L.A. Webcam Link
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203. EmmyRose
7:37 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Does anyone know where tecumela is?
One of my actors with disability
just moved there with her family
I cant get ahold of them
is that city near the epicenter?
thanks

Hope your okay cal.
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202. Patrap
7:36 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Florida..LOL

The Gulf Coast lost Thousands to Fear of what could happen again in Aug 2005,many may Never return.
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201. LowerCal
7:36 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
77 Thanks and thanks for the brief news item. :^)

sp In a way that's good news. Everything there was shaken down and/or retrofitted after the last one there.
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200. Patrap
7:35 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Magnitude 5.4 - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
2008 July 29 18:42:15 UTC Link
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198. LowerCal
7:32 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Feather Thanks! :^) Hopefully we've met our quota for the next several years.

Pat, sp thanks for the company. I guess I'll make my report to the USGS now while I'm waiting for other communications to return to normal. Stuff on flat surfaces was rattling and shifting around. None of the pictures are hung straight.

You know lightning10 and SBKaren are closer to the center. People might want to check on them.
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197. stormdude77
7:31 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
I hope you and your family are safe, Cal!!!
196. sp34n119w
7:30 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Oh, Dr. Kate is on ktla - saying it's a mag 5.4, now. Close to the old Whittier epicenter. Just thought of lightning10, out there.
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195. stormdude77
7:29 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
An 5.8 magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks have rattled Southern California and have been felt as far east as Las Vegas.

Initial reports indicate the 5.8 magnitude earthquake was centered around the Chino Hills suburb 29 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. According to the U.S. Geological Service, the quake erupted at 11:42 a.m. PDT.

Fox News Channel is reporting minor damage to homes near the epicenter of the quake and there were reports that office towers in downtown L.A. swayed as the quake developed.

West Coast Expert Meteorologist Ken Clark reports the earthquake shook his home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Traffic cameras at Los Angeles International Airport and on highways around L.A. show what appears to be normal activity.

The earthquake comes on a day when heat across the West has been helping to fuel wildfires in California. The West Coast heat will be mirrored on Wednesday by equally hot weather along the mid-Atlantic coast. Later in the week, the heat will envelop much
194. sp34n119w
7:26 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Now they're saying that cell phone service is out, too - pasadena, santa clarita to Fillmore, even. They don't know if it's towers/power down or overload.
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193. sp34n119w
7:20 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Yep, that's it. You get a feel for them and you know when you are on the edge of the affected area. First you laugh, then you worry for others.
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192. Patrap
7:19 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Thats a fact Lc. I was in Boot Camp in San Diego on Firewatch as the Platoon went to Chow,.me and the other recruit wondered why those windows were moving then the Building started to er, Move.

Never went down 3 Flights of Stairs so fast in me life.
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191. Feather3
7:17 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
LowerCal: I am saying a quick prayer for Mrs. Cal. . .and for you too. . .hope the aftershocks don't get any bigger. . .

Feather
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190. LowerCal
7:16 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Pat Yep! Like sp said, it was fun here but once the shaking had continued for 20 seconds I knew it wasn't going to be fun for those at ground zero.
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189. Patrap
7:12 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
That was one swinging Temblor Lc..
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188. LowerCal
7:11 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Michael You're right. That's a very densely populated area. They will be many who will move back East in the next month.

sp Thanks for the info. I don't know exactly where she would have been today when the shaking started. I am getting a busy signal on the phone now... which only means everyone is trying to call everyone else and the system is overloaded.
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187. sp34n119w
7:02 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
They evacuated downtown office buildings - could she be stuck outside?

BTW, up here it was definitely on the fun side (not to diminish in any way any difficulties suffered by others).
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186. LowerCal
6:59 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
I'm OK, the internet's OK, but my phone service is out which is why I haven't heard from Mrs. Cal I'm sure. I'll try sending her an email.
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184. sp34n119w
6:56 PM GMT on July 29, 2008
Yeah, mag 3.8 aftershock! I didn't feel that one - you are much closer.
I'm guessing y'all are okay since you're posting... ?
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