Los Angeles Earthquake: 3.6 Magnitude Quake Hits Metro Area

by Matthew Memrick
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There was no need for an alarm clock in the Los Angeles area this morning with a 3.6 magnitude earthquake on Sunday.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake occurred about one mile from Boyle Heights, 1.5 miles from East Los Angeles, and just two miles from Maywood and Commerce areas. The agency said this quake started at a little over 10 miles down.

Because of that depth, officials said residents did not feel the severity of the earthquake’s full force.

Early-Morning Riser Of An Earthquake

Initially, the agency said the quake was a 3.9 magnitude but adjusted that number.

Social media accounts stirred to life Sunday morning at about 7 a.m. Some described the shaking as light. Others said they woke up from the earthquake’s jolt.

CNN said there was no reported damage. But, fire stations surveyed their areas anyway, checking transportation routes, apartment buildings, and power lines. 

Seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted that what you feel is a minor earthquake depends on how close you are to it. “The closer you are, the sharper the motion,” she said. 

Long Arm Of The Earthquake

According to the USGS reports, Santa Clarita residents to Orange County sleepers felt the quake. 

“I was still asleep, but it felt like a quick body slam, like as if someone picked up and slammed you,” Maywood resident Erik Baez told KTLA. 

A typical year for Los Angeles residents includes about an average of five earthquakes between 3.0 and 4.0 magnitude. This measurement comes from a three-year data sample taken recently.

Close to the epicenter, Dennis Verdeses told NBC that the earthquake was a “little jittery at first.” Then he said he heard a “distinct sound” and “a little vibration” that “upgraded to a full-term shake.”

The USGS got more than 2,200 responses to its reporting page from residents. 

Recent Earthquake Activity

This past week has come with a whole lot of shaking going on.

Folks felt three Los Angeles area earthquakes with a 2.5 or 2.7 magnitude in the past week. California residents felt additional aftershocks of 1.5 to 2.0 magnitude closer to lunchtime. 

The Los Angeles Times reported one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby in the past 10 days.

Reportedly, many Los Angeles residents practiced for “The Big One” with the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, according to CBS LA.

On Thursday morning at 10:21, drill participants stopped what they were doing for one minute to “drop, cover and hold on” for a fake “Big One” drill.

According to ShakeOut.org, 6.5 million California residents took part in last year’s practice run virtually. This year, organizers said more than a million would do the drill. 

In 2019, officials reported that there were 3.9 million Los Angeles residents.

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