Magnitude-4.2 Quake Shakes SoCal - NBC Southern California

Magnitude-4.2 Quake Shakes SoCal

Southern Californians reported feeling the shaking from Bakersfield to Long Beach

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    "Two Big Rattles": Castaic Family Reacts to Quake

    A family in Castaic described an earthquake that felt like the "Lord took our house and gave it a couple shakes." Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. (Published Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015)

    Two back-to-back earthquakes, including a magnitude-4.2, shook Southern California Saturday evening, according to the USGS.

    The magnitude-4.2 quake struck at 7:18 p.m.about 8 miles north of Castaic, about 20 minutes after a magnitude-3.0 temblor struck the same area.

    "All of the sudden it was two big rattles and little rumbles afterwards," Castaic resident Jessica Shickle said. "It was like the Lord literally just took our house and just kind of gave it a couple shakes, and that was it and it went away."

    "You're always bracing yourself hoping it's not the big earthquake," she said.

    Quake Doesn't Startle Shoppers

    [LA] Quake Doesn't Startle Shoppers
    Some folks who were shopping when a quake hit Southern California said they didn't even know it happened. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015)

    The USGS first reported the later quake as a magnitude-4.5 but downgraded it to a magnitude-4.2.

    Residents reported feeling shaking from the second quake in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Silver Lake, Koreatown, Valencia, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, Sylmar, Studio City, Pasadena, Pico Rivera Bakersfield, Long Beach and West Hollywood.

    "This really is a very small earthquake," USGS seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said. "It's a size that's relatively common in Southern California. I did a check and there were eight earthquakes 4.2 and larger in 2014," Jones said.

    The Did You Feel It? page on the USGS website had more than 1,300 responses as of 8 p.m.

    No damage was reported but some residents said they watched chandeliers rattle and felt their building shake.

    Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

    Dr. Lucy Jones: 4.2 Temblor Was "Very Small Earthquake"

    [LA] Dr. Lucy Jones: 4.2 Temblor Was "Very Small Earthquake"
    USGS seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones spoke about the 4.2 quake centered near Castaic that rattled Southern California on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015)

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