EARTHQUAKE strikes midway between Los Angeles and San Diego

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

AN EARTHQUAKE struck the seabed midway between Los Angeles and San Diego today.

Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The epicentre was offshore, 10 miles from the northwest tip of San Clemente Island, following movement of the San Clemente fault and reminding Americans living on the West Coast of how geologically active the area is.

Early reports suggested their were no casualties from the 3.9 magnitude earthquake – but the tremor shook buildings and roads on shore.

Seismologists at the US Geological Survey said the quake was triggered 3.1 miles beneath the seafloor, at the edge of the San Clemente fault, a slow moving system that produced a 5.9 quake in 1951.

San Clemente Island is a US Naval station at the the southernmost of the Channel Islands of California. It is owned and operated by the United States Navy and is a part of Los Angeles County. More than 300 servicemen and women are based there.

The quake, about 80 miles from Los Angeles, is the latest in a growing number of seismic events which have included much volcanic activity on the other side of the Pacific in the so called Ring of Fire.

Today Indonesia was hit by a huge earthquake mere miles from where the Mount Agung volcano in Bali is at risk of eruption.

The 6.7 magnitude quake hit this morning just between the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Bali’s Mount Agung has recorded a drop in seismic activity this week but is still at risk of eruption.

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