Earthquake Rattles Mostly Nerves

The Mission, store shelves and golfers are all in good shape.

Although Monday’s earthquake was centered in San Juan Capistrano, no reports of injuries or damage were reported.

A number of calls came into , said spokesman Joe Haakenson. It was an , whose remains attract 1 million visitors a year.

“The Mission took it well. Most people on the grounds didn't even feel it,” Haakenson said. “People in the offices heard the windows rattle but that was it.”

Lt. John Meyer, chief of police services for San Juan Capistrano, said the Orange County Sheriff’s Departments received no reports of injury or damage. Instead, the dispatch lines received calls from a few people just wanting to know everything was OK.

Employees at the Dollar Tree and both reported that items stayed on the shelf, despite the 3.9 temblor that clocked in at 10:37 a.m. 

"We did feel it here at , but it was pretty mild and we don't have any damage," said Lori Doll, an administrative coordinator in the San Juan Capistrano City Manager's Office.

"Nothing came off the walls, no damage, it's kind of a rolling one," Doll said.

Principal Silvia Pule of sent out this email to parents:

We felt a small earthquake at approximately 10:40 a.m. It was a very short jolt. Staff followed our drop and cover guidelines if they felt it in their classrooms or out in the playground. There were no injuries or damage and students and staff are continuing the school day as usual.

Former UCLA football coach Bob Toledo was at the this morning at a fundraising tournament for ’ athletic teams.

“That was me, getting out of the car,” Toledo joked.

Tam Falshaw, who organized today’s event, said last year, golfers experienced a freak thunder-and-lightning storm. This year, an earthquake.

“It’s just God’s little way of letting us know He is with us,” she said.

– City News Service contributed to this report.

Elsa April 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM
It wasn't a rolling one, but two huge, incredibly strong jolts. It must have been centered in The Hunt Club, then, because these were the strongest jolts we've ever experienced here!
Jackie Connor April 24, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I heard there is a fault line in San Juan...? We felt it in Ladera Ranch..a couple of quick jolts and all was fine.
Joel Peshkin April 24, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Nothing quite like feeling a jolt in Irvine, pulling up the quake maps, and seeing the epicenter within a few hundred yards of my house.
Dusty W Otero April 24, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I felt it big time out here across from the Hunt club yes big load Bang..windows rattling and it was a vein inside of our planets caves that settled..My grandma,s told me about the big ones here in sjc back in the 1820,ss..
Dusty W Otero April 24, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Hi Elsa I lived on the Hunt Club ,before the houses were built,,there beautiful homes I lived there when the cattle were grazzing and there was a old green barn and one house,,,yep that was the summer of 1970..,,we had some big party,s out there ...lots of fun good week to you...


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