5.3 Earthquake Shakes Long Beach Cruise Port

5.3 Eartthquake 29km SW of Santa Cruz Island California April 5 2018
5.3 Eartthquake 29km SW of Santa Cruz Island California April 5 2018
Earthquake Long Beach Cruise Port
Earthquake Long Beach Cruise Port

An offshore earthquake rattled (see video below) the shores of Southern California on Thursday, April 5, 2018, shortly after noon, the quake registered at a preliminary magnitude of 5.0, but was upgraded to 5.3 a short time later.

The US Geological Survey tracked the epicenter offshore, about 35 miles southwest of the Channel Islands, and 86 miles west of Los Angeles.  The location of the earthquake beneath Santa Cruz Island likely occurred due to slippage along the Santa Cruz Island fault.

The sizable quake rippled beyond Los Angeles county, hitting Bakersfield, Palmdale, Santa Barbara, Orange County and Long Beach. The quake was the strongest in Southern California in several years. The earthquake lasted roughly 10 seconds.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said it went into “earthquake mode” and firefighters from all 106 of its firehouses began surveys of their territories, including bridges, dams, large buildings and power lines. LAFD officials said firefighters found no damage during the survey, which was done in the air and on the ground, and no injuries were reported.

Channel Islands National Park spokeswoman Yvonne Menard reported that bricks fells at a ranch building on Santa Cruz Island that dates back to the 1860s. She added that visitors and staff members on the island felt the quake, but nobody was injured.

Other Earthquakes

On August 24, 2014, a 6.0 earthquake hit the North Bay San Francisco area.There were 200 people inured and one death. The estimated damage was $362 million–$1 billion.

On March 28, 2014, a 5.1 earthquake hit Los Angeles causing $10.8 million in damages, few were injured.

On January 9, 2010, a 6.5  earthquake shook the North Bay San Francisco area. There were 35 people injured and $21.8–43 million in damages.

On July 29, 2008, a 5.5 hit Los Angeles with eight people being injured and few damages.

On March 10, 1933, at 5:54 p.m., an estimated magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit Southern California. The Long Beach earthquake killed 115 people and damaged buildings throughout the region. In San Pedro, a car was hit by bricks in front of the Anderson Building, at 6th and Beacon streets. (Los Angeles Times Archive)

Locations Nearby:

  • Santa Cruz Is. (E end), CA 29.0 km (18.0 mi) SW Population: –
  • Santa Cruz Is. (NW end), CA 32.0 km (19.9 mi) SE Population: –
  • Santa Rosa Is., CA 37.0 km (23.0 mi) ESE Population: 175,155
  • Oxnard, CA 64.0 km (39.8 mi) SW Population: 207,906
  • Santa Barbara, CA 65.0 km (40.4 mi) S Population:  91,196
  • Ventura, CA 67.0 km (41.6 mi) SW Population: 106,433
  • Los Angeles, CA 139.0 km (86.4 mi) W Population: 3,792,621

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Video:Offshore Earthquake Near Los Angeles Measures at 5.3