LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Southern California earthquake today August 18, 2011 struck moments ago centered in Long Beach; the earthquake was felt over sections of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Today’s earthquake was of a marginal magnitude. But because it struck at a narrow depth, it was felt over a wide section of the South Bay and Southern California.
Ten minutes ago, at roughly 2:43 PM PST, a 3.2 earthquake struck Los Angeles County. Its epicenter was south east of Long Beach. Unlike previous earthquakes this year in the region, today’s quake was not centered out in the Pacific Ocean.
Rather initial statements by USGS issued to news indicate that the quake was centered just a few blocks west of Pacific Coast Highway. Initial reports put the quake centered closest to the intersection of E7th Street and Park Avenue. It was centered apparently just north of the American Golf Pro Shops on the 9th Hole of the local Recreation Park Golf Course, near the East 7th street corridor.
Today’s quake was just blocks east of Wilson Classical High School, north of the Colorado Lagoon Park, and roughly a 1/2 mile west of Pacific Coast Highway. The quake reportedly could felt just east at CSU Long Beach and just west in Downtown Long Beach.
USGS reports to news indicate the quake struck just thirteen miles below the earth’s surface. It was reportedly two miles south east of Long Beach, three miles south west of Signal Hill, three miles west of Seal Beach, and twenty miles south of downtown Los Angeles.