A 4.6 magnitude earthquake based in El Monte shook Southern California late Friday night.
The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was based two miles from South El Monte, about 22 miles from Long Beach, at 11:38 p.m.
Residents in Long Beach and as far as Catalina Island reported being woken up and their furniture rattling. Seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter that Friday night’s quake was in nearly the same location as the Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 that was magnitude 5.9.
Jones told CBSLA that there is a “50/50 chance” that there could be an aftershock large enough to feel and a 5% chance there would be an aftershock bigger than the quake itself.
Yes. A M4.6 2 mi WSW of El Monte at 11:38. Almost the same location as the M5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) September 19, 2020
The Long Beach emergency dispatch center said they had not yet received any calls about damage or injuries. Mayor Robert Garcia said police and fire are checking critical facilities. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said their battalion chiefs were conducting role call and assessing the situation.
A tsunami warning has not been triggered, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
Big earth quake in longbeach just happened. 11 seconds and big enough to rock my chair and dinning room table.
— Tatum/William (@ScorpionGrasss) September 19, 2020
— Quinn (@enigmasama) September 19, 2020
Just learned that my cats are not okay w/ my earthquake plan of carrying them into a well-padded closet.
— delatte (@delatte) September 19, 2020
Long Beach major shaking for good 25 seconds. Very loud rumbling noise. Felt much larger than 4.6. #earthquake
— Aj4🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@SDajd4) September 19, 2020
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