Mother Nature delivered a blow to Southern California on Sunday when an earthquake in Ventura County triggered widespread shaking the same day the region was inundated by its first tropical storm in decades.
The magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 2:41 p.m. surprised Southern Californians who were already prepared for the remnant of Hurricane Hilary, which had already brought hours of steady rain in the driest month of the year. In the region. There were at least a dozen aftershocks of magnitude 3.0 or greater.
The earthquake was centered about four miles southeast of Ojai, about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
A liquor store in Santa Paula was rocked by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake centered in Ventura County on Sunday, August 20, 2023.
Shaking was reported in Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Santa Barbara, parts of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Malibu, Porter Ranch, Manhattan Beach and other locations.
At the Tres Hermanas restaurant in Ojai, security camera video captured images and the jarring sound of shaking. Ojai, a quaint little community on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest, about 20 miles north of Ventura, has a bustling downtown that’s home to art galleries, shops, and bars.
No significant damage was immediately reported. THE Ventura County Sheriff’s Department conducted an aerial survey of Lake Casitas Dam, Matilija Dam and Ojai Town and found no damage.
In Los Angeles, the city fire department went into Operation Earthquake mode with all 106 neighborhood fire stations conducting surveys for the damage.
“This location is interesting to have it there,” said seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones. “This is the first time we’ve had a 5 since 1932 in exactly this location, and even in the Ventura Basin.”
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake was reported in 1941 to the west of Sunday’s quake, Jones said. Some of the aftershocks from the 1994 Northridge earthquake occurred to the east of the location.
The term “hurricane” was in vogue on Sunday after an earthquake hit southern California.
Jones said more aftershocks are likely in the coming days.
The hashtag #hurriquake quickly started trending on X after the early afternoon earthquake.
The earthquake occurred at the same time as a rare tropical storm hit the Los Angeles area for the first time in decades. For the first time ever, Southern California is under a tropical storm warning and most of Los Angeles County is under a flash flood warning with rain forecast Sunday evening.
No tropical storm has made landfall in Southern California since Sept. 25, 1939, when a system lost hurricane status just before making landfall in Long Beach. The results were catastrophic.
Millions of Southern Californians received back-to-back urgent emergency alerts on their phones on Sunday — the first indicated a flash flood warning, the second a Ventura County earthquake warning.
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The Tres Hermanas restaurant in Ojai, California shared video of when a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit on Sunday.
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