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Multiple Earthquakes Strike Southern California, Prompting Preparedness Reminder

SAN DIEGO, CA – As January 2024 unfolds, Southern California is feeling the tremors of seismic activity, having already witnessed three earthquakes of magnitude 4.1 or greater.

The latest in this series was a 4.4 magnitude earthquake that struck coastal areas on Monday, January 15, impacting regions from San Diego to Los Angeles County.

The earthquake originated 68 miles from San Diego at 2:44 AM, with a depth of 5.9 kilometers. Victor Valley residents reported no perceptible shaking.

No damage or injuries have been announced in the aftermath.
 
This recent quake follows two earlier in the month, with a 4.1 magnitude quake on New Year’s Day, located 11 miles south of Rancho Palos Verdes, and a 4.2 magnitude quake 10 miles from Wrightwood on January 5, with many Verizon customers reporting communication outages, unable to place or receive calls.

Photo: Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.

The sequence of these events coincides with the 30-year remembrance of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, a crippling earthquake in the region’s history. The 6.7 magnitude earthquake caused significant damage as far as San Diego, Turlock, Las Vegas, and Ensenada, Mexico, resulting in 57 deaths and an estimated $35 billion in damage, according to the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.

Given these reminders, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is encouraging citizens to prepare for future seismic incidents. Highlighting the state’s leadership in disaster resiliency, the office showcases the Earthquake Warning California, which provides alerts and resources to help residents gear up for the next significant earthquake event.

Preparedness Tips and Alert System

Californians are urged to sign up for the life-saving Earthquake Warning California, understand how to protect themselves during a quake – including the “drop, cover, and hold on” technique – as well as develop an emergency plan and supply kit. The state’s MyHazards program provides information on local risks and ways to prepare homes.

Earthquake warnings can be accessed via the MyShake App for both iPhone and Android users, the built-in Android Earthquake Alerts, and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), which disseminate emergency information statewide. These alerts are part of ShakeAlert, a system operated by the USGS and Cal OES.

This state-of-the-art system also enables automated safety measures, like slowing trains and shutting off utilities upon detecting significant seismic activity. The Earthquake Early Warning System was introduced by Governor Newsom on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, signifying the nation’s first statewide initiative of its kind.

Californians can visit earthquake.ca.gov to join their community in earthquake preparedness and to be aware of what actions to take when the big one hits.


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