Mom Nature dealt Southern California a one-two punch Sunday when an earthquake in Ventura County triggered widespread shaking on the identical day because the area was drenched by its first tropical storm in a long time.
The magnitude-5.1 earthquake at 2:41 p.m. startled Southern Californians who have been already braced for the remnant of Hurricane Hilary, which had already introduced hours of regular rain in the course of the area’s driest month of the yr. There have been at the very least a dozen aftershocks of magnitude-3.0 or higher.
The earthquake was centered about 4 miles southeast of Ojai, about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Tres Hermanas restaurant in Ojai, Calif. shared video from the second a 5.1 magnitude quake hit on Sunday.
Shaking was reported in Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Santa Barbara, elements of LA’s San Fernando Valley, Malibu, Porter Ranch, Manhattan Seaside and different places.
At Tres Hermanas restaurant in Ojai, safety digicam video captured photos and the jarring sound of shaking. Ojai, a small scenic neighborhood on the sting of Los Padres Nationwide Forest about 12 miles north of Ventura, has a vibrant downtown village space that options artwork galleries, outlets and bars.
There have been no speedy reviews of serious injury. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department carried out an aerial survey of Lake Casitas Dam, Matilija Dam and town of Ojai and located no injury.
In Los Angeles, the city fire department went into Earthquake Operation mode with all 106 neighborhood fireplace stations conducting surveys for injury.
“This location is attention-grabbing to have it there,” mentioned seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones. “That is first time we have had a 5 since 1932 in precisely this location, and even inside the Ventura basin.”
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake was reported in 1941 west of Sunday’s quake, Jones mentioned. A few of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake aftershocks have been east of the situation.
The time period “hurriquake” was trending on Sunday after a tremor hit Southern California.
Jones mentioned extra aftershocks are doubtless within the coming days.
The hashtag #hurriquake shortly started trending on X following the early afternoon quake.
The earthquake occurred similtaneously a uncommon tropical storm hit the Los Angeles space for the primary time in a long time. For the primary time ever, Southern California is underneath a tropical storm warning, and most of Los Angeles County is underneath a flash flood warning with rain anticipated into Sunday night time.
No tropical storm has made landfall in Southern California since Sept. 25, 1939, when a system misplaced its hurricane standing simply earlier than transferring onshore in Lengthy Seaside. The outcomes have been catastrophic.
Hundreds of thousands of Southern Californian’s acquired pressing back-to-back emergency alerts on their telephones Sunday — the primary indicated a flash flood warning, the second warning of the Ventura County earthquake.
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