Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes wide area of Southern California; Brockovich: Residents near giant sinkhole need to get out — Serious gas pressure — Potential for explosion — Homes and land now useless (VIDEO)

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, March 11, 8:04 PM

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes wide area of Southern California; no damage reported

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — A modest but widely felt earthquake rolled through a wide swath of Southern California late Monday morning but there were no immediate reports of damage.The 9:55 a.m. quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7, said Nick Scheckel, seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology’s seismological laboratory in Pasadena. He said a number of aftershocks were occurring.

The epicenter was about a dozen miles from the Riverside County desert community of Anza, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

The temblor, which occurred at a depth of eight miles, was felt sharply in the local area and caused a swaying or rolling motion in Los Angeles and San Diego as well as in Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Susie Bride, a cashier at Cahuilla Mountain Market and Cafe in Anza, said the quake seemed to last awhile but didn’t do any damage to the business.

“It kind of shook and then I thought, ‘God, is that an earthquake?’ It kind of shook and then it rolled a little bit and then it shook again,” she said.

About 25 miles north of Anza, Palms Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed said his department received no reports of damage or injuries. There were no other immediate reports of damage in the region.

Earthquakes of such magnitude are unlikely to do much harm in regions with modern building standards.

“It’s extremely unlikely that there’s damage from this earthquake,” said Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena.

Jones said there would be strong shaking directly on top of the epicenter but not much farther away.

“At most, there might be some places where things were thrown off shelves, but that might be the extent of the damage,” she said.

The quake was initially estimated at magnitude 5.1 but was quickly downgraded, as often happens. But the computer system that monitors earthquakes in California also produced a number of erroneous reports around the main shock and scientists were having to sort through them, Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton told reporters.

“Part of the confusion of the earthquake was that our computer system took some small foreshocks that occurred within a minute before and stole amplitudes off the main shock and assigned a huge magnitude to the foreshocks, which was a mistake,” Hutton said.

An aftershock was also assigned too large of a magnitude.

“We always are refining our software, but we’re definitely going to have to work on that one,” Hutton said.

The temblor was a strike-slip earthquake on the San Jacinto Fault, the most active fault in Southern California, Jones said.

“It has historically the largest number of damaging earthquakes in the 20th century,” Jones said.

In the past two decades there have been five quakes of magnitude 4.7 or greater, she said, and in the 20th century there were eight quakes of magnitude 6 and above.

Rachelle Siefken was at home in the Riverside County town of Aguanga with her 4-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son when the shaking started. It was the first earthquake experience for both children, and her son was scared, she said, although the temblor did no damage to her house.

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Brockovich: Residents near giant sinkhole need to get out — Serious gas pressure — Potential for explosion — Homes and land now useless (VIDEO)

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5 thoughts on “Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes wide area of Southern California; Brockovich: Residents near giant sinkhole need to get out — Serious gas pressure — Potential for explosion — Homes and land now useless (VIDEO)

  1. Not to tell anyone what to do, but if I were living around there and needed work, I would try to get a job working in the oil and gas business in Louisiana and Texas. There has also been a HUGE oil/nat. gas discovery in Mississippi and Alabama. Time to move!

    • if the new Madrid goes off Mississippi and Alabama will be a disaster zone much like the rest of that part of the USA get real. if this blows its the end of the united states as a super power and perhaps as a United country this will set it up for all the horrible prophetic end time events in the bible. Money will be the last thing on peoples minds as they starve to death because there is no food to buy.

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