LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A light but shallow Southern California earthquake today 2013 has erupted near Lancaster. The Southern California earthquake today Tuesday, February 12, 2013 erupted roughly one hour ago and was centered northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. No reports of damage have yet to be indicated by local news.
Officials report to news that a 3.0 magnitude Southern California earthquake began today. The quake started at 11:27 am PST but posted a nominal depth. USGS indicates to news that the quake began only five miles below the earth’s surface.
USGS tells news that the quake started teen miles east of Gorman. The quake was fifteen miles east of Lebec and sixteen miles west of Elizabeth Lake. The quake was also twenty-six mile west of Santa Calriata and fifty-five miles north west of downtown LA.
Mapping reveals the quake began just east of Interstate 5. It was west of Lancaster and Palmdale, south Bakersfield and west of Rosamond as well. Today’s quake marks the latest movement near the San Andreas Fault and within proximity to the deadly 1971 Sylmar Quake. In September 2011, three quakes struck that region.
The lower section of the San Adreas Fault runs from the 5 Freeway near Frazier Park to the 14 south of Palmdale. Just south of the eastern section of that line was the epicenter of the 1971 Sylmar quake. It was located just south of the 14 between Santa Clarita and Palmdale.