Sixty nine earthquakes hit the Pacific’s so-called “Ring of Fire” in the space of 48 hours this week, driving fears that the so-called 'Big One' is about to hit California. But a leading expert today played down concerns that a "domino effect" sparked by the recent quakes, including ones which hit the coast near Oregon and Venezuela, could lead to a major tremor in the US state. Colin Taylor, professor of earthquake engineering at the University of Bristol, told the Standard it’s “too difficult” to make direct connections between quakes. The Ring of Fire is an area in the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes occur. Professor Taylor said: “The majority of earthquakes around the world are driven by plate tectonics over the earth’s crust. They occur when quakes move past, or under, each other. Every now and again, they reach the limit of their strength and break, emitting energy. “So technically, that means all earthquakes are … [Read more...] about Is the ‘Big One’ about to hit California?
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The earthquake was felt just before 5am west coast US time.Official reports say the earthquake was at magnitude 4.4 and 57 miles east of Riverside.The are no reports of injuries or damage to buildings at this time.But the relatively strong quake was felt in Seal Beach, Victorville, Redlands, Lancaster and other Southern California area, with residents reporting that the tremor had awoke them.Californians took to Twitter to describe the earthquake.General Organa wrote: “Goooood morning Southern California, what an unpleasant wake up call”.Jeanne Deplorable added: “We just had an earthquake in San Bernardino. I don't know where it originated but it shook the whole house.”The account Aircraft Spots said: “Wow! Very large earthquake just now in Riverside, Southern California. Shook me awake and was very loud and knocked a few things down. Haven't felt one that big in a while”.However, some were worried that this earthquake could be a precursor to the Big … [Read more...] about Earthquake hits California: Huge quake shakes US West Coast as Hawaii rumbles
A shallow, moderate earthquake rocked California's Ventura County coast on Thursday, the US Geological survey said, swaying buildings across a wide area including the city of Los Angeles. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries following the magnitude-5.3 quake, which struck at 12:34 pm (1934 GMT), 23 miles east-southeast of Santa Rosa Island at a depth of 10.4 miles (16.8 kilometers). The Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode," pulling crews out of more than 100 stations across the 470- square mile (750-square kilometer) region to sweep neighborhoods for damage to key infrastructure, such as roadways and bridges. Los Angeles police were also making checks of infrastructure and "critical locations," they said. National Weather Service officials said there was no threat of a tsunami from the off-shore quake. … [Read more...] about Moderate offshore quake hits California
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has struck near the Channel Islands, with shaking felt across Los Angeles. The quake struck just before 12:00pm on Thursday (local time), 78km off the Californian coast at a depth of 16km. It was initially reported as a magnitude 5.0 before being upgraded. There were no immediate reports of damage. Newshub. … [Read more...] about 5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near California
Buildings swayed across Los Angeles and in communities north of the city as an earthquake struck offshore near the Channel Islands.The quake registered a magnitude of 5.3 and was centered about 36 miles west of the coast of Southern California, according to an alert from the U.S. Geological Survey. The closest major city was Ventura.Ventura police said they had no immediate reports of injuries. There were also no initial reports of damage or injuries in Los Angeles, police said.In a tweet, Los Angeles Police said they will “work with all our local partners to check infrastructure and critical locations.” … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Buildings Sway as Earthquake Hits Off Coast