Minor Earthquake with Magnitude 4.2 Rattles Southern California
On Friday, a 4.2-magnitude earthquake rattled several Southern Californian locations, including Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and other areas. The epicenter of the earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), was roughly 45 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, in the San Gabriel Mountains, close to Lytle Creek.
The quake, which occurred at 10:55 a.m. local time, had a depth of 5.5 miles and was initially rated at 4.6 before being revised to a magnitude of 4.2. Though it was evident that the area was trembling, there were no early reports of significant damage or injuries.
Lytle Creek, a small mountain village near the epicenter, experienced items falling off shelves due to the seismic activity. Michael Guardado, working at the Lytle Creek Ranger Station in the San Bernardino National Forest, described the building shaking hard, with reports of rocks falling onto Lytle Creek Road.
Residents in the area, including those in downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, and other nearby cities, reported feeling the tremors. The quake follows a similar event less than a week prior, with a magnitude 4.1 earthquake striking the Los Angeles region, felt during the New Year’s Day Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Seismologist Lucy Jones explained on social media that the earthquake occurred near Cajon Pass, where the San Jacinto and San Andreas faults converge. She mentioned a historical event in 1970 when a 5.2-magnitude earthquake with a 4.0 foreshock occurred in the same vicinity.
Although the recent seismic activity caused some concern, there have been no reports of significant disruptions or damage. The region remains vigilant as experts monitor the situation and residents stay informed about earthquake preparedness.