LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Los Angeles and OC residents experienced an earthquake today shortly before 3 am local time. The Los Angeles earthquake today was centered in San Joaquin Hills, California but was felt by Newport Beach, Irvine, and other Southern California residents. Local news has yet to report any injuries or structural damage.
At 2:56 am this morning September 15, 2011, a quake struck Los Angeles and Orange County. USGS reports to news that the quake registered a magnitude 3.5. The quake was felt over a large section of the South Bay because of its nominal depth. The earthquake registered only seven miles below the earth’s surface, USGS reports to news.
The quake was centered one mile from San Joaquin Hills and two miles from Newport Coast. The quake was approximately four miles outside Irvine and Newport Beach and forty-miles out of Downtown Los Angeles.
USGS reports to news that the quake was centered west of the 405 Freeway in a densely populated residential region. The quake was just blocks from William Mason Regional Park. The earthquake was just yards from the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Toll Road.
Its epicenter was not centered in the hills, but right in a subdivision off Bonita Canyon Road at the 73 /11. The epicenter appears to be right under someone’s home on Trumpet Vine Hedgerow Road off Summit Park.
This is the third notable quake reported by LALATE in recent weeks to strike with an epicenter south of LAX. On August 21, the second of two Long Beach earthquakes struck, centered near Compton. Three days earlier, another quake struck closest to the intersection of E7th Street and Park Avenue. It was centered just west of Downtown Long Beach.