Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake in Southern California

An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 hit the Channel Islands early afternoon on Thursday shaking residents in the area of Los Angeles and nearby areas as well. This earthquake in Southern California is the largest quake in more than about four years. This is per the reports from the Geological Survey of the United States of America. A map of the geological survey showed that the earthquake measuring 5.3 in magnitude struck the Channel Islands around 12:30 pm on Thursday April 5, 2018. The tremor actually hit under the Pacific Ocean at around 12:29 pm which was about ten miles under the surfaces per the reports of the geological survey of the United States. The center was located at about a distance of 41 miles to the southwest of Ventura and about a distance of 81 miles to the west of Los Angeles.

Lucy Jones who is a seismologist mentioned in a tweet that the cause of the earthquake was offshore faults which are a part of the system that moves Southern California around a bend of the San Andreas Fault. Jones who was a former member of the geological survey described this particular earthquake as a moderate one. No immediate reports of any kind of damage of property or lives have been reported by law enforcement and fire agencies across Southern California. The fire department of Los Angeles went into earthquake mode after the tremors were felt but after the survey of the city was completed the city came back to its normal mode of operation.

According to the reports of the geological survey, the tremors could be felt all along the coast starting from the San Luis Obispo area in the north to San Clemente in the south. Yvonne Menard who is a spokeswoman for Channel Islands National Park stated that there were about more than 300 visitors on Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Anacapa islands at the time when the earthquake occurred. All of the visitors who were present were reported to feel a jolt and rolling motions. In Santa Cruz Island, a couple of bricks fell off of a chimney structure on a Nature Conservancy property. But nothing more beyond that happened and there were no injuries that were reported on any of the islands. Ultimately no evacuations were ordered and all were safe. In some places, some people reported the occurring of rolling motions and some said the quake caused some items to swing.

April 27, 2018 - 02:30
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