A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook California early Thursday morning, sending powerful vibrations through downtown Los Angeles.
The quake struck near the town of Trona, located about 120 miles (193km) north of Los Angeles, according to United States Geological Survey data.
Vibrations were reported first at 2.23am local time. In the last 10 days there have not been any earthquakes reported of magnitude 3.0 or greater. The majority of earthquakes in California register below a magnitude of 3.0.
On average, about 25 earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 take place each year in California and Nevada.
Thursday morning’s earthquake occurred at a depth of 1.9 miles. The closest city to Thursday’s quake was Ridgecrest, located 14 miles to the west. There was no damage reported from the early-morning quake.
Each year, the state of California gets two or three earthquakes large enough to cause significant damage to structures, though those generally register a magnitude of 5.5 or higher, according to California’s Department of Conservation.
Magnitude is the most common measure for an earthquake’s size and is a number for the size of the earthquake’s source. It’s the same number no matter where you are located or what the shaking feels like.
California residents who were impacted by the shake can to the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The earthquake occurred 26 miles from California City, 51 miles from Barstow, 63 miles from Rosamond and 64 miles from Tehachapi.
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