Just to add to Ellen's reports...I live in the Valley, about two miles from
the epicenter, and I must say I've never felt anything like this before (and
I'm a native Californian). But my family and I are fine & have relatively
little damage, although others on my street haven't been so lucky and there
is a huge fire at Kester and Ventura, a few blocks away.
I've been trying to phone James Porter for two days, but his phone
isn't going through. I'm pretty worried about him--I think his freeway
exit was one of the ones that collapsed. So James, if you see this, or
anyone else who has been in touch with James, do post something to say
you're okay. We're all thinking about you.