I’ve now lived here for fourteen years, and just now experienced my first significant earthquake. The shaking lasted perhaps half a minute; I didn’t lose any pottery.

Apparently the epicenter was just east of LAX, with a magnitude of 5.0. No reports of damage close to the epicenter.

So now I know what it feels like to be a dozen miles from a Richter 5 quake. I’ll take it over shoveling snow, any day.

Update Now downgraded to 4.7, with an aftershock of 3.2 (which I didn’t feel). The USGS site has a place for you to report your experience, and a map of the reports. Even near the epicenter, damage was none-to-slight.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: