A 4.2 magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks struck near Malibu in the Los Angeles area early Wednesday morning.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the initial magnitude 4.2 quake occurred offshore about 10 miles south of Malibu Beach at 2:00 am PST. The depth of the earthquake was about 9.2 miles.
Early on the morning of Wednesday, January 25, 2023, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred off the coast of Malibu Beach, California.
“My bed shook. It rocked so hard that I actually jumped out of bed and ran into the living room,” said Ventura-based FOX weather correspondent Max Gordon. “Every time an earthquake hit in the middle of the night, some of you wondered if it was just a dream. So I took to Twitter and sure enough, many local LA reporters tweeted that they felt an earthquake. My imagination.”
About three minutes after the first quake, a magnitude 3.5 aftershock was reported at about the same spot at a depth of about 8 miles.
This was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 2.8 and magnitude 2.6 at 2:22 am and 2:38 am PST, respectively.
“I felt a smaller quake when I tried to go back to sleep,” Gordon said.
Several aftershocks were reported after the first magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Malibu Beach, California in the early morning of Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
According to the National Weather Service, the quake was weak enough to pose no tsunami threat, even though it struck close to the Southern California coastline.
The Los Angeles Fire Department conducted a “strategic 470 square mile survey of the City of Los Angeles” with all 106 fire departments in “earthquake mode” approximately 45 minutes after the quake…all key areas of concern (transportation infrastructure, LAFD officials said “no damage or injury”). No reports were reported, and normal operating mode resumed.”
The FOX Forecast Center also did not receive immediate reports of damage or injuries. According to the USGS, damage usually doesn’t occur until the quake reaches a magnitude of 4 or 5 or higher.
The USGS is asking anyone who felt the quake on Wednesday morning to submit a brief report on this website.