November-Morning Earthquake Strikes Long Beach – 3.8 Magnitude

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earthquake map long beachThis morning, Friday, November 5 a 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook Long Beach residents just as many were arriving to work.

The temblor at 9:06 a.m. lasted just a few seconds and was felt as a short burst throughout much of the Greater Los Angeles area. The USGS Internet Intensit map showed 1700 “I felt it” responses from 160 ZIP codes by 9:30 a.m. Cities from Los Angeles through Dana Point all reported feeling the quake.

Most likely centered in Long Beach, although not confirmed by data yet, the earthquake appears to have started about 13.4 miles beneath the surface.

long beach earthquake november 5 2010Everything Long Beach will have more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, here’s a link to earthquake predictions that I found this morning.

Like many residents, when the ground shakes, my first response is not to look for a doorway, but to hop on the computer. This morning, I was online before any information was available—which left me wondering, Did we really have an earthquake?

I was glad to find out that the earthquake was real. But, before that news, I came across which actually forecast an earthquake for Southern California sometime this week!

What do you think? Coincidence? Or are scientists getting closer to predicting earthquakes?

It’s another reminder that Southern California is “earthquake country” and all Long Beach residents need to be prepared for earthquakes.

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