Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Southern California
Thursday, July 8, 2010
An earthquake occurred on Wednesday evening in Southern California with a of 5.4. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (2353 UTC). At least two dozen smaller aftershocks, none greater than a magnitude of 3.6, have struck the same area since the quake.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 14 kilometers (8.7 miles), and the epicenter was located 20 kilometers Northwest of San Diego.; 23 kilometers Southeast of ; 33 kilometers Northeast of ; and 94 kilometers to the northeast of
There were no initial reports of any major damage. San Diego skyscrapers are reported to have swayed as a result of the earthquake.
Wikinews reporter Mike Morales, who was in the area at the time of the tremor, reported: "I remember it happened around five o'clock. It was nothing much, just a little rolling feeling."
According to Kate Hutton of the Mexico near the Colorado River., this earthquake was caused by an earlier quake in April with a magnitude of 7.2. Hutton says that "changes in the fault line" from April's quake, caused today's quake to occur. The April quake was centered in the southern Imperial Valley south of Mexicali,
- "7.2 quake rattles lower Colorado River area in Mexico" — Wikinews, April 4, 2010
- "Latest Earthquakes in the World - Past 7 days" — , July 8, 2010 (date of access)
- "Magnitude 5.4 - Southern California" — , July 7, 2010
- "NOAA Report" — , July 7, 2010
- Andrew Blankstein, Rong-Gong Lin II and Kimi Yoshino. "5.4 earthquake hits Southern California; felt in Los Angeles" — , July 7, 2010