A moderate magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck the Los Angeles Area – California at at 11:23 PM local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
The quake was centered two miles east of Yorba Linda in northern Orange County, which is about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
There are no victims or car crashes for the moment according to the police and fire officials.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was 3km (2mi) ENE of Yorba Linda, California, 3km (2mi) ENE of Yorba Linda, California, 9km (6mi) ENE of Placentia, California and 35 miles of Los Angeles.
The quick shock of a quake was felt throughout the region. A survey report says a 2.7-magnitude aftershock followed less than a minute later.
Los Angeles is subject to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire. The geologic instability has produced numerous faults, which cause approximately 10,000 earthquakes annually.
Major earthquakes to have hit the Los Angeles area include the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, the 1971 San Fernando earthquake near Sylmar, and the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
by Mircea Serafim
) - Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 - filed under News
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