Sunday, 7 June 2015

Magnitude 3.4 Earthquake hits Los Angeles.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 3.4 Earthquake at a depth of about 12 km beneath the Gardena district of Los Angeles, California, slightly before 10.00 pm local time on Saturday 6 June 2015 (slightly before 5.00 am on Sunday 7 June,GMT). There are no reports of any damage or injuries relating to this quake, but people have reported feeling it across much of the Los Angeles area.

The approximate location of the 6 June 2015 Los Angeles Earthquake. Google Maps.

California is extremely prone to Earthquakes due to the presence of the San Andreas Fault, a tectonic plate margin that effectively bisects the state. The west of California, including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, is located on the Pacific Plate, and is moving to the northwest. The east of California, including Fresno and Bakersfield is on the North American Plate, and is moving to the southeast. The plates do not move smoothly past one-another, but constantly stick together then break apart as the pressure builds up. This has led to a network of smaller faults that criss-cross the state, so that Earthquakes can effectively occur anywhere.

The extent of and movement on the San Andreas Fault. Geology.

Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organization Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.

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