Weather Wars: 5.4 Earthquake Rattles California
A moderate earthquake with magnitude of 5.4 jolted Southern California desert east of Los Angeles today. No serious damage or injuries have been reported so far. According to US Geological Survey, the quake struck at 4:53 pm PDT and centered 15 miles (24 km) north-northwest of the desert resort community of Borrego Springs, about 133 miles (214 km) east of Los Angeles.
According to reports, the tremors of quake were felt in several areas including San Diego and Santa. Talking to the media, Borrego Springs Fire Protection District Captain Miguel Manzano said, “It was a pretty strong quake, lasted about 10 to 15 seconds.”
“We did feel it pretty strong,” said John Yzaguirre, manager of the Borrego Springs Resort hotel. “There’s nothing broken but it was really strong, probably one of the strongest ones we’ve felt.” Laura Anderson, a manager at The Palms at Indian Head Hotel, said that she ran outside when the shaking started. “It was enough to knock over some wine bottles and some pictures fell off the wall,” Anderson added.
The US Geological Survey initially reported the earthquake as a magnitude 5.9. The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks. The moderate earthquake comes days after a devastating 7.2 quake in Southern California, close to US-Mexico border on Easter. Geologists, meanwhile, are studying whether the Easter quake had made any kind of seismic activity along more dangerous fault lines — such as the Whittier and San Andreas faults. “You can’t predict earthquakes, but our statistics said there would be an increased chance of this happening,” commented California Instituted of Technology seismic analyst Anthony Guarino.