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Earthquakes Rattle Southern California

Posted on August 8, 2012

Earthquakes are a part of living in Southern California. Unfortunately, earthquakes cause a lot of damage. In the last 24 hours, there has been quite a bit of seismic activity in the Orange County area.

An earthquake measuring 4.5 in magnitude rocked Orange County at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday, according to preliminary earthquake reports.

English: Map of 2010 Southern California Earth...

English: Map of 2010 Southern California Earthquake Storm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latest quake occurred one mile east-northeast of Yorba Linda.

An earlier magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck just east of Yorba Linda at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday, and was felt across a broad area of Southern California that included Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No significant damage or injuries have been reported so far from either quake, though some reported items tumbling from shelves.

They were part of a cluster of some 20 quakes in the same area since the initial quake Tuesday night, according to Bob Dollar, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Six were in the magnitude 2 range, including a 2.7 quake that followed the 4.5 quake Tuesday night, and 11 in the magnitude one range.

“We’ll probably have more,” Dollar said.

Quakes of this size would not be expected to cause significant damage or injury, he said.

“If you’re right in the area, you might have something knocked off a shelf,” he said.

The quakes are consistent with the Whittier fault zone, Dollar said, although scientists do not know precisely know which fault generated the quake.

Early reports from those who felt the Wednesday morning quake came from Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Cypress, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster and Yorba Linda.

Outside Orange County, reports also came from Alhambra, Beverly Hills, Carlsbad, Chino Hills, Corona, Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Moreno Valley, North Hollywood, Oceanside, Ontario, Riverside, San Diego, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Torrance, Whittier and a variety of other locations.

The Tuesday night quake, two miles east-northeast of Yorba Linda and six miles south-southwest of Chino Hills, was followed within a minute by a magnitude 2.7 aftershock, earthquake reports show.

In Orange County, the quake was reportedly felt in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Surfside, Tustin, Westminster and Yorba Linda.

The quake was also felt in Corona, Lake Elsinore, Long Beach, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Northridge, Oceanside, Pasadena, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Torrance, West Covina, Whittier and Woodland Hills, among many other places in Southern California.

If a loved one was the victim of wrongful death that was caused by negligence because the property owners failed to take adequate precautions in the event of an earthquake, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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