Small Earthquake Centered in Long Beach Shakes SoCal Thursday


oct earthquakeThe ground was moving in Long Beach Thursday afternoon, thanks to a small earthquake near Naples Island.

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The 2.7-magnitude earthquake was recorded three kilometers west of Rossmoor at 1:54PM, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A USGS map showed the epicenter just north of Naples Island.

Many members of the Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) community felt the quake, causing some alarm, according to CSULB police Chief Fernando Solorzano.

“This alarm was compounded by a recent notice issued by the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) advising Southern Californians, including Los Angeles and Orange County residents to be prepared because there existed a small probability of a major earthquake along the San Andreas Fault covering September 26 through October 4,” Solorzano stated.


While the advisory was lifted, Solorzano provided the following tips on how community members can protect themselves in the event of a major earthquake.

  • Drop, cover and hold on
  • If driving pull to the side of the road until the shaking stops while avoiding under or over passes
  • If you smell gas, evacuate the area
  • Do not handle or drive over downed power lines

There were no reports of injuries or damages, according to Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Jake Heflin.

Orange County sheriff’s officials did not receive reports of incidents either.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Above, left: USGS map screenshot.

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