San Andreas Fault Produces 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake, Felt Throughout Southern California
Residents near Riverside County were violently awakened by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake early Tuesday morning.
Occurring at 4:49 a.m., the temblor hit the Cabazon area with the epicenter near the Morongo Indian Reservation.
The quake occurred on a section of the San Andreas fault line that is known for producing smaller earthquakes.
“Seismologists call this region the ‘San Gorgonio knot’ because so many small faults intersect here and the main San Andreas trace is not clearly defined,” seismologist Lucy Jones posted on Facebook about the early-morning shaker.
Nearly 10,000 residents from San Diego to Los Angeles reported feeling the earthquake. Luckily no damage has been reported by Riverside County or Los Angeles County.
Residents described the earthquake as sounding like a “loud train rolling through the area.”
A magnitude 3.2 aftershock was reported around 4:51 a.m., along with several other smaller quakes occurring much deeper below ground.
This is the second time in just over a month that the Southern California region has been affected by an earthquake. In April, a 5.3 magnitude quake just off of the Channel Islands rattled So.Cal residents.
Now more than ever it’s important to be proactive about earthquake preparation and safety.
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