Nightly News | August 27, 2012
one reason: anyone in southern california , or if you live there yourself, then you know there have been a cluster of over 400 mostly minor earthquakes, just over the last few days. it has a lot of people on edge, and the rest of us wondering why, and what's next. our report from there tonight from nbc's mike taibbi .
>> oh, gosh.
>> reporter: in the digital age you knew there'd be home video .
>> our house is coming down. the house is coming down.
>> reporter: this house in rawley, california , about 125 miles east of san diego , did not come down, none did but some 400 earthquakes over a several-hour period sunday did cause minor damage to scores of homes and buildings and even caused one hospital to evacuate its patients when power was lost. as predicted by a prototype early warning tech at caltech seismological lab, just about all of the shakers were relatively minor with a magnitude 3.0 range with a few just over 5.0.
>> we were doing well estimating the magnitude of the earthquakes.
>> reporter: say the words earthquake and california in the same sentence and the locals start worrying about how much they might lose.
>> i was literally watching it and the pieces of the wall were falling.
>> reporter: while the rest of the country aware of the history befalls to the obvious question. does this suggest any connection at all to the big one?
>> and the answer is no. this earthquake is just happening too far south from the san andreas . we've seen many such swarms in rawley over the last century, never followed by something on the san andreas .
>> reporter: on the average california day there are around 50 barely noticeable earthquakes statewide but 400 in one day, in one spot.
>> i don't like this.
>> reporter: were duly noticed. mike taibbi , nbc news, los angeles .