Earthquake in California Today at 4.6 Magnitude Shakes Santa Barbara Area

Earthquake in California Today

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 occurred in the Los Angeles, California area today.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey the earthquake hit at 7:38 a.m. and was three miles from Isla Vista, five miles WSW from Goleta, and twelve miles west of Santa Barbara.

Initial reports indicated that the quake had a magnitude of 4.9, but was quickly downgraded to a 4.6.

Officials say that the quake started just at sea level in the Pacific Ocean.

The USGS reports that the earthquake was felt as far away as Bakersfield as well as across the Central Coast and the Los Angeles area.  Residents in Ventura County say they could also feel the quake.

A magnitude 2.6 aftershock struck at 7:50 a.m. in the same area, the USGS reported.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Ross Bonfiglio told WPTV the first quake was felt in the Ventura dispatch center as well as the jail but no damages, outages or injuries have been reported.

“We’re not expected any problems here,” Bonfiglio said.

The quake was also felt in Casitas Springs, the Oxnard Shores area, Port Hueneme, Camarillo and cities in the east county.

Authorities add there’s no danger of a tsunami.

People feeling the Earthquake today in California quickly spread to Twitter.

MNS Engineers reported, “Hope everyone out there is ok post-#earthquake! It knocked a couple of things over in our downtown #SantaBarbara office, but we’re fine.”

Dr. Izzy Lira reported on Twitter: “The lights in the gym were swinging in this morning’s HIIT class…did we stop? No! #earthquake #santabarbara”

Kienan said: “Earthquake in Santa Barbara? D@mn I wish I was surfing this morning.”

Topher Pettit says, “Earthquake and wildfire… It is just not Santa Barbara’s week.”

Caroline Martin tweeted, “First a fire, now an earthquake. #SantaBarbara”

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