New Year’s Earthquake: One Hits Japan and Another Shakes up Southern California


Southern California experienced a seismic start to the New Year as a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck the region on the morning of January 1st. This was the 2nd New Year’s Earthquake reported globally.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake’s epicenter was located offshore, 11 miles from Rancho Palos Verdes, and approximately 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

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Southern California Earthquake Activity 

The seismic event, which occurred at 8:27 a.m. local time, had a depth of seven miles, according to data provided by USGS ShakeAlert. The tremors of the 7-mile-deep quake was felt across the county, reaching as far as Santa Clarita, San Bernardino, Temecula, Mission Viejo, and even Catalina Island, showcasing the widespread impact of the quake.