Sandra Herrera was getting dressed on Sunday morning when the ground began to shake.
She felt two strong jerks and heard a low rumble.
“I think it could be the Big One,” said 22-year-old Herrera long ago scary earthquake in California.
It is not.
Still 4.1 magnitude earthquake Herrera, who lives in Menifee, a city about 75 miles north of San Diego, said the buzzing parts of Southern California, including San Diego and Riverside counties, are strong enough to knock out a bottle of lotion. out of the dressing room.
The quake struck at 9:46 a.m. local time, about 3 miles west of the Palomar Observatory, California, and it was powerful enough to send people talking across Southern California. Although small earthquakes are common in the area, this one was “stronger”, Ms. Herrera said.
Southern Californians have no reason to worry about this quake, experts say.
“This is not a big deal,” said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, part of the US Geological Survey.
There are several faults in the area that produce many small earthquakes, but with a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale pedestrian compared to some of the more notable earthquakes that have rocked the area, including the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Northridge in 1994. More than 60 people died in that natural disaster.
Mr Blakeman said there were no reports of injuries or damage from Sunday’s quake.
“It usually takes a 5.0 quake to cause damage in the US,” he said.
The agency did not estimate how long the quake lasted, but some people reported it lasted 10 to 20 seconds.
There were two small aftershocks, and there was about a 5% chance of a larger quake, according to Southern California Seismological Network.
The quake was a pivotal moment for Carter Krengel, a 27-year-old legal person who moved from Minnesota to California in 2018. It was his first time experiencing an earthquake.
He said he thought it was a shockwave because he lived not far from Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base where there were a lot of blasts.
Krengel was playing Mario Kart at his home in Vista, about 40 miles north of San Diego, when he heard what looked like a car crash, he said.
“Then I felt a rumbling in the distance and the house shook,” he said.
He didn’t realize there was an earthquake until he checked twitterwhere residents often go to see if the rumbling they feel is just their imagination.
“Obviously I don’t want to be in a bad situation, but I want to feel the earth shake,” he said. “And I certainly did.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/30/us/earthquake-san-diego-county-california.html 4.1-Parts of California’s Magnitude Earthquake