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Quake Shakes Northern Cities

Aired December 22, 2003 - 14:40   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Now I'm told Jen Rogers is on the line out of our Los Angeles bureau. No, San Francisco bureau. Jen, what do you have for us?
JEN ROGERS, CNNfn CORRESPONDENT: Hi there, Kyra. That's right. I'm up in San Francisco today. We're on the ninth floor of a building down in downtown San Francisco and we felt it here as well. It was kind of like being in a ship. I was sitting in a chair and sort of felt like the chair was kind of moving back and forth, breaking a little.

But nothing like the big earthquakes certainly that we have felt here. I'm a native San Franciscan and we felt a lot stronger stuff up here before. But it was a little bit of a swaying motion. We looked outside, saw people looking out their windows, trying to figure out what was happening.

Generally, I can say it was like being on a ship for a couple of moments.

PHILLIPS: All right, Jen, I was just actually getting e-mails and connecting our producers with other folks calling in and saying they felt it in their area. Let's get back I heard the beginning of what they were saying. Let's put this in perspective from what San Francisco has felt in the past. At this point, how would you weigh it out compared to the last earthquake felt through that area?

ROGERS: Well, you know, certainly -- and I live in Los Angeles now. We feel earthquakes from time to time. The last one I felt in San Francisco was in 1989 and this doesn't come close to holding a candle to anything like that at all.

This was very minor, really just a rolling motion. We felt it for about 20 seconds. It definitely got people's attention, but it wasn't a jolting, thrusting kind of thing that we felt.

PHILLIPS: OK. So far, no type of massive structural damage or -- it was just the rolling motion throughout the city?

ROGERS: Certainly nothing like that. We didn't have tapes coming off the shelves in the bureau. We had the shades moving back and forth. People definitely noticed something. But it wasn't anything where things were falling or lights were shaking, that sort of thing. At least up here in the Bay Area where we are.

PHILLIPS: Put it in perspective. I'm trying to map it in my head. San Simeon is where they felt quite a jolt. How far is that from San Francisco because you go through San Simeon to head up there, right?

ROGERS: Right. San Simeon is basically halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's on the coast (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

You know, it takes you about four hours to get there from here. And so that was really, you know our thought, feel it from all that way, obviously, it's a big jolt for them. But again, for us, it was really something minor and certainly all of our knowledge of San Francisco earthquakes here.

PHILLIPS: All right. Jen Rogers, watching the earthquake from there. Thank you so much.

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