There are several times in a year when Mother Nature captures the attention of not only local and state residents, but the attention of the entire nation. For the state of California, earthquakes may be as common as chocolate ice cream, but on August 9, 2012 California residents were hit with over 30 earthquakes in a few hours span.
Southern California was rattled with over 30 earthquakes ranging from late Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning, now granted they were all small to moderate earthquakes but they still put some residents in a nervous mindset.
Seismologists are calling it an “Earthquake Sequence” while others are labeling it an “Earthquake cluster” or “Swarm of Earthquakes”. Whatever name you want to call them they shook up the Orange County region of California that is known for having faults that produce earthquake on a regular basis.
“There are lots and lots of little faults all over that area; it’s a known active area.” United States Geophysicist Doug Given said in a statement.
The two biggest earthquakes just happen to be the first one and the last one with tons of 1.4-2.1 size earthquakes sandwich between them. The first one was reported around 11:30 pm Tuesday near the town of Yorba Linda. The earthquakes were measured at 4.5 on the Richter scale. The last one was reported at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday which was also registered as a 4.5 earthquake, thankfully there were no damages or injuries according to LA Times.
“It’s all just part of the normal seismic activity of California, earthquakes of this size don’t cause a lot of damage,” John Bellini, a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey told NBC News on Wednesday,
The interesting thing about this cluster of earthquakes is that a small fraction of them were felt by residents. “Of all the quakes, only three were probably felt by residents,” Kate Hutton of the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.
“It shook us pretty good, we’ve felt earthquakes before, so it came as no surprise.” Chris Nordyke, director of marketing at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
For some people new to the LA area this sequence event of earthquakes came as a surprised and actually confused a MLB All-Star in the process.
“Why is the hotel shaking?????” Dodgers Outfielder Shane Victorino tweeted on twitter.
Well in a sense I guess this was a way of LA welcoming Mr. Victorino to the city.
Series of Earthquakes in California Today
A series of Orange County earthquakes rattled residents around Southern California but caused no reported damage.