4.4 Magnitude Earthquake in La Verne Sends Ripples to Ventura County

La Verne Earthquake 4.4 on August 28

(Ventura County, Ca) The United States Geological Survey shared data for an earthquake felt by residents of Ventura County and many other parts of southern California with a magnitude 4.4 on the richter scale.

According to information from Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN), co-operative project of Caltech and the US Geological Survey that has been monitoring  earthquakes in Southern California since the 1920s, the earthquake took place at 7:33pm on August 28, 2018.

As of 12 hours later, 37 aftershocks had been recorded. More may be expected in the next few days with the largest expected at approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the main shock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.

In discussion with CalTech’s Staff Seismologist. Jennifer Andrews, she shared that while the ripple was fair sized, she was not concerned that it put more pressure on other larger faults in the area.

The USGS reported that a second quake, with a magnitude of 3.4, struck near the same area about a minute after the first.

Andrews conveyed that Ventura County is fortunate to have only a few mild faults compared to areas like the Palmdale / Lancaster area which sits directly on top of the infamous San Andrea Fault.

The San Andreas Faults is known for such infamous events such as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake which flattened the entire city. The fault is identified by sections since it extends almost the entire length of California.

San Andreas fault
Image courtesy of www.SanAndreasFault.org

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Andrews conveyed that when looking at thousands of years of earthquake, it certainly appears that some larger activity could be expected.

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