At 12:29 pm local time on Thursday, April 5, California was struck by an earthquake that startled people in the area. The earthquake measured in at 5.3 on the Richter scale and struck 40 miles from Oxnard, California. The quake was centered around the Channel Islands, 35.4 miles southwest of Channel Islands Beach to be precise, and it was measured at a depth of 10.5 miles!
According to the National Weather Service, there is no current threat of a tsunami, thankfully! Officials at the Los Angeles County Office Of Emergency Management stated that they have not yet received any notice of damages from the quake.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is assessing local areas to ensure that there was no hidden damage at this time. Some of the areas the city’s 106 fire stations were checking include freeway overpasses, apartment buildings, universities and sports stadiums and power lines.
This earthquake happened just before the planned “Prepare-A-Thon” event that will be held on April 14 in the North Hills. Prepare-A-Thon is a conference whose sole purpose is to raise awareness about earthquakes in California, and how to prepare for larger ones that are sure to come!