Long Beach jostled by Pico Rivera earthquake in early morning hours

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earthquake felt in long beachLong Beach woke up this morning with a quick shake when an earthquake shot through the city at 4:04 a.m

The epicenter of the 4.4 magnitude temblor, being called the Pico Rivera Quake, was less than 2 kilometers south of the Whittier Narrows Quake that rocked the Southland in 1987.

About 17,000 people reported feeling the quake on the “Did you feel i?” section of the U.S. Geological Survey’s website. Long Beach residents have also been sharing their “earthquake experiences” on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Many said that the earthquake was so short, they thought it was a dream and went back to sleep. Others, like Connected Corridor Project Director Carina Cristiano Leoni, announced that they would make time to buy an earthquake kit—today!

This morning’s earthquake, was too small to generate a tsunami warning and, likely, too small to even generate any surface faulting. There were no reports of damage in Long Beach or the L.A. area.

Nevertheless, it serves as a good reminder that Long Beach—and all of Southern California—is criss-crossed with fault lines and the dangers of an earthquake are ever-present.

If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to prepare an earthquake kit. A little knowledge and a few precautionary measures can enormously increase your chances of surviving an earthquake.

To make an earthquake kit, start by stocking up on emergency supplies:

  • battery operated radio (and extra batteries),
  • flashlights (and extra batteries),
  • first aid kit and manual, essential medications,
  • bottled water and two weeks food
  • cooking fuel, non-electric can opener
  • blankets, sturdy shoes,
  • basic tools needed to turn off utilities such as gas, water and electric
  • cash, including quarters for the pay phone
  • bank account numbers and copies of important family records

Lastly, it’s wise to set up an out-of-state emergency contact for your family. After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Add the name, address, and phone number of the contact person to your emergency earthquake kit.

This list is for a basic emergency earthquake kit. Your kit may be different based on the specific needs of your family.

About Barbara Holbrook
Barbara Holbrook is the Founder of EverythingLongBeach.com. When she's not breaking building websites, she enjoys exploring Long Beach and discovering new shops and restaurants.

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