5.9 mag natural disaster strikes off Philippines

06 April, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Earthquake

An quake that struck near the Channel Islands could be felt in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Initial readings by the USGS report that the 5.3 magnitude quake struck about 60 miles off the Santa Monica coast near Santa Cruz island.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

According to the department, during quake mode, firefighters from all 106 neighborhood fire stations survey all 470 square miles in the greater Los Angeles area.

The island is largely unpopulated but does have some research facilities, historic buildings and hosts campers.

Asked was it likely to follow typical aftershock patterns, Hough said "We can never count on earthquakes to obey the averages" but said that they did expect an aftershock pattern, most likely peaking in the magnitude 4 range.

The location of today's quake off the coast of Mindanao. It was centered about 41 miles southwest of Ventura and 85 miles west of Los Angeles.

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"Any time there is significant seismic activity in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault, we seismologists get nervous", Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Centre, once said.

Last year, scientists at USA space agency NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory calculated a 99.9 percent probability for a magnitude 5 or larger natural disaster to strike the greater Los Angeles area between April 1, 2015, and April 1, 2018.

Phivolcs says that an Intensity IV quake is considered "moderately strong" with a vibration that is "felt like a passing of heavy truck" and causes hanging objects to swing considerably.

"I've felt earthquakes before, but not like this in a long while!"

"We live in quake country", Kondo said.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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