Did You Feel It?

3.0 EarthquakeThere was a small 3.0 earthquake last night around 9.30pm Pacific Daylight time. 3.0s aren’t terribly big, but we (me and mine) happened to be about only five miles from the epicenter. It was a quick and exciting jolt. And as it happens, I was laying on the floor at the time so I got the full force of it (no couch or bed absorbing any of the energy). Here’s the skinny (courtsey of USGS):

Earthquake Details

Magnitude 3.0
  • Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 04:28:49 UTC
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 09:28:49 PM at epicenter
Location 33.627°N, 117.906°W
Depth 11.3 km (7.0 miles)
  • 1 km (1 miles) NNW (327°) from Newport Beach, CA
  • 4 km (3 miles) S (172°) from Costa Mesa, CA
  • 7 km (4 miles) WNW (284°) from San Joaquin Hills, CA
  • 13 km (8 miles) S (190°) from Santa Ana, CA
  • 57 km (36 miles) SE (146°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Parameters Nph=112, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.35 sec, Gp= 97°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=O
Source California Integrated Seismic Net:, USGS, Caltech, CGS, UCB, UCSD, UNR
Event ID ci14358316

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  1. Max von Fischgeist on 28 March 2008 at 10:40 am

    I didn’t feel it, but I have seen “Earthquake” many times. Why did your and your talented family give up acting?

  2. Miranda on 29 March 2008 at 5:11 am

    Good eyes, von Fischgeist! Good eyes!

  3. Lordleiter on 29 March 2008 at 6:03 am

    Sadly the Lordleiter Family’s promising Hollywood career came to a screeching halt during the post-production of “Earthquake.” There were extreme “creative differences” between The Nudge and Heston surrounding the story and vignettes related to the rogue policeman Lew Slade character.

    Sadly, Heston’s Star Status in the 70s was such that the studio bowed to his every whim. (He is the Omega Man after all!) Plus he was (and still is) backed by the NRA, Camel Cigarettes and Bud Light.

    Hence, the Lordleiter family studio contracts and Hollywood careers were abruptly ended. Thanks a lot, The Nudge! We had no legal recourse as Moses’ word was Law back in the 70s.

    Sadly both George Kennedy and Lorne Greene sided with The Nudge in this conflict. Neither of their careers ever fully recovered.

    Lorne Greene was never able to get a role in a feature film again. He grasped for acting scraps on episodic television and the occasion tv biopic.

    George Kennedy did manage to land a recurring role in the lucrative Police Squad television show and movie adaptations, but otherwise only found a modicum of work as a television ad product spokesman. (“Sprays? Mints? Gums? NAH!)

  4. Max von Fischgeist on 29 March 2008 at 11:04 am

    George Kennedy’s career was so negatively impacted by the Heston-Earthquake debacle that he couldn’t even get into “Police Squad!”; it wasn’t until “The Naked Gun” that the stigma had subsided sufficiently to allow his casting as Ed (there are rumors that he worked for scale, but I’m not sure I buy ’em). Lorne Greene definitely died a bitter man, having been railroaded into Battlestar Galactica, and, worse, Galactica 1980, in which he was forced to wear a fake beard. Nothing makes one’s future corpse prepare for high-speed spinning in its grave like a fake beard.

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