5 PM: Appeal staffer Leanna Yip notes that Mick LaSalle’s blog post (referred to below) reporting on the quake has disappeared! Looks like SFGate is either having a tragic technical issue, or the Chronicle is practicing “scrubbing”, a behavior described in the Columbia Journalism Review as “unethical” and a “practice that simply isn’t an option for responsible journalists.”


And, yes, it’s not like this is a report from their head science writer — this is their film critic, so this is hardly the scandal of the century. Still, media outlets deleting their own blog posts and articles is such a bullshit move even Columbia is against it! Let’s hope, for the sake of the Chronicle, that this is just a technical problem that will be resolved soon.

2:50 PM: Let’s see what everyone else said about the quake!

ABC7 3.8 magnitude quake strikes near Milpitas Today’s quake had a depth of 5 miles! It was “centered six miles east-northeast of Milpitas and eight miles north-northeast of Alum Rock, the same area that saw a quake just 26 hours ago.” Alum Rock sounds fun, is it? Who’s been?

CBS5 Another Bay Area Quake Jolt: Magnitude 3.8 Huh! Today’s the “third straight day, an earthquake was felt by residents of the San Francisco Bay Area — but once again there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.” I guess there was a 2.8 quake on Wednesday in the same spot, too. I did not know this! “This recent quake activity probably does not foreshadow a major quake, said Dr. David Oppenheimer with the USGS, but was instead ‘background seismicity.'” “It’s a reminder to everybody that we are in an earthquake area.” THANKS FOR THE REMINDER.

SFGate You Felt That, Right? Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle blogs that the quake “Felt like a 4.5” Insert joke about the truth being opposite of what he says here!

12:17 PM: A spokesperson for the USGS, when asked about the likelihood of a “really big earthquake” (hi, I dropped geology 3 times in college!) following this series of quakes is “between 5 and 10%.” Which, as was pointed out, is not a huge likelihood, but isn’t a pleasant thing to contemplate, either.

12:01 PM: As is their protocol, BART will be delayed for the next 5-10 minutes as they do their routine post-earthquake track inspection.

12:00 PM: We’re getting reports that this was felt in the Outer Richmond, Inner Richmond, and Outer Sunset, but I didn’t feel it. The “did you feel it?” map is showing a lot of reports in 94118.

We encourage you to respond to the map, because it’s the right thing to do, but tell us, too, OK?

11:55 AM: The USGS said yesterday’s 4.1 magnitude quake wasn’t a sign of things to come, and we took them at their word — so what was that shaking that just came from nearly the same place as yesterday?

It was a 3.8 magnitude quake that hit Milpitas at 11:48 this morning.

I didn’t feel a thing. How about you?

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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