According to the USGS, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the eastern part of central California on Wednesday morning.
The temporal was reported that at the south of the city of Lone Pine on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Owens Valley.
Residents of Central California, USA reported that they feeling the earthquake, as did people in parts of Northern and Southern California. Waves were felt in the Los Angeles basin 200 miles from the epicenter.
Ashley Rios, a Clovis resident, shared a picture on Instagram of her home with a crack in the tile due to the earthquake.
Footage from a grocery store in Lone Pine showed disturbances – bins were scattered on the floor and glass was broken everywhere.
The Lone Pine sits in a vast trough between the two ranges of the Sierra Nevadas. It is in the Owens Valley that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Aqueduct is located to supply mountain water to Los Angeles. LADWP said engineers are investigating the earthquake and the waterway. There is no news of loss yet.
Seismologist Drs. Lucy Jones said the Owens Valley earthquake is in the same place where the M4.6 earthquake was felt two nights ago. That small, first earthquake is now considered to be the anterior part of Wednesday’s earthquake.
Wednesday’s earthquake sent a heart race to the Ridgecrest, where a shock of 7.1 like that occurred on the fourth of July last year.
This is a different fault than the Ridgecrest earthquake, Jones said, and it is so far away that it does not fall within the traditional definition. Rather, we will refer to it as our earthquake.
In a minute the 5.8 magnitude earthquake, there were more than half a dozen aftershocks from M2.5 to M4.6.
As for the statistical chance of greater earthquakes in the region, Jones said 5% is likely to be larger with every earthquake.