NFC East: Anderson Cooper

Earthquake hits Cowboys camp

July, 29, 2008
7/29/08
5:04
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

OXNARD, Calif. -- I was on the way to the Cowboys' afternoon practice when my rental car started to shake. At first, I thought someone's car speakers were too loud, but when I arrived at the practice field, I realized I'd just experienced my first earthquake.

I'm told the epicenter of the quake was 30 miles south of Los Angeles. It was originally reported as a 5.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, but it's been downgraded to a 5.4.

I'm assuming what I felt were aftershocks. The car shook for at least 10 seconds, and then things were still again. Cowboys Pro Bowl kicker Nick Folk, who grew up 30 miles from Oxnard, said he's not even going to count this morning's earthquake. He's lived through a 7.2, and said it was terrifying.

He and deep snapper L.P. Ladouceur were actually at the beach when the earthquake struck, which is troubling on several levels. I don't recall specialists spending mornings at the beach under Bill Parcells, but I certainly don't have anything against it.

The weird thing is that no one at the Cowboys' facility really felt the earthquake. I noticed the NFL Films guys racing around hoping to capture the scene, but I don't think they got anything memorable.

I'm in full Anderson Cooper mode, and have been filing updates throughout the afternoon. Back with more in a minute.

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