A 6.9 7.2 (just revised) strength earthquake hit just south of the US border in Baja California. At least five after-shocks have been recorded in the following minutes including one ranking 5.1. Meanwhile a 4.1 earthquake struck in the Sacramento area.
I’m happy my wife and kid returned from SoCal last night, hopefully there are no injuries and property damage is light from this quake. Twin 6.9 quakes struck Northridge, CA in 1994 causing severe damage to a number of properties, 72 deaths, and thousands of injuries. That was the largest quake I ever experienced and the one that caused the most damage to Disneyland.
After the Northridge earthquake Disneyland revised their policies regarding quakes. They now conduct mandatory evacuations of every attraction until they can be inspected for damage. That’s precisely what happened today after this quake.
There have been conflicting reports of guests caught in elevators at the Disneyland hotel. Some are reporting that Disneyland Security called it in and others say that Disney denies reporting that.
More as news warrants (also follow on twitter as @TheDisneyBlog). I hope all The Disney Blog friends out west are okay and that any damage is minimal. Please stay safe. If you were in the parks for the quake, please leave a comment below.
Update: Disneyland spokesperson Suzi Brown reported that one guest was stuck in the Star Tours elevator for a short time. No other injuries or damage reported by Suzi Brown. That’s pretty much the extent of it, other than masses of park guests leaving the park after the quake.
Update: Now hearing that most of the major rides are back up and running at Disneyland and California adventure. Should be a nice night of short queues at the park now that everyone else left.
Final Update (barring big news): Disneyland’s twitter account reports no injuries among guests or cast and nearly every attraction reopen. Everything I’ve heard says cast members were extra professional today with everyone who could coming on-stage to assist. For instance extra walk-around characters magically appeared during time when attractions were down for inspection. Nice move Disneyland!