Central California shaken by 5.8-magnitude earthquake, one day after 7.4-magnitude quake in Mexico

    1 of 2 2 of 2

      Two notable earthquakes, followed by numerous other tremors, shook central California this morning.

      The quake struck at 10:40 a.m. today (June 24).

      The epicentre, at a depth of two kilometres (one mile), was located 9.5 kilometres (six miles) southwest of Keeler, California; 18 kilometres (11 miles) southeast of Lone Pine; and 96 kliometres (60 miles) northwest of Ridgecrest, California.

      The U.S. Geological Survey initially measured it as a 6.0-magnitude temblor before reassessing it as a 5.8-magnitude seismic event.

      Shaking was reportedly felt in Lone Pine as well as Los Angeles.

      A swarm of smaller quakes, ranging from 2.5- to 3.7-magnitude, have continued to occur in the area.

      The largest of those hit at 10:59 a.m., which the U.S. Geological Survey first reported as 4.4-magnitude before upgrading it to a 4.6-magnitude quake.

      This temblor was located at a depth of eight kilometres (five miles), six kilometres (four miles) southwest of Keeler, California; 19 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Lone Pine; and 96 kilometres (59 miles) northwest of Ridgecrest, California.

      A 7.4-magnitude quake struck southern Mexico on June 23.
      U.S. Geological Survey

      Yesterday (June 23), a powerful 7.4-magnitude quake hit the southern coast of Mexico near Oaxaca, causing damage to buildings. It was followed by hundreds of aftershocks. Shaking was reportedly felt in Mexico City, where some buildings were also reported damaged.

      The quake triggered a small tsunami at the tourist destination of Huatulco beach on the Oaxaca coast. At least six people are reported to have died.

      You can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at @cinecraig or on Facebook

      Comments