Southern California Rattled By 5.4 Earthquake On July 7, 2010July 8th, 2010 - 7:48 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey
Los Angeles, July 8, (THAINDIAN NEWS) From Disneyland to Palm Spring resorts to residential buildings, all got a jolt at 4:53 p.m. on Wednesday when a moderate earthquake of the magnitude of 5.4 hit the stretch of Southern California. Buildings and amusement parks in downtown California were rattled by the earthquake whose intensity at the beginning was reported to be of magnitude of 5.9 Richter. The United States Geological Survey on Wednesday said that the earthquake had its epicenter about 130 miles east of Los Angeles and 28 miles south of Palm Spring.
As of yet, the Sheriff’s department in Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties have not received any casualty or injury report caused by the earthquake. The earthquake had not caused any major damages and had only shaken some buildings and toppled wine bottles at resorts. The Disneyland rides however have been halted by the earthquake and the spokeswoman has mentioned that guests would be allowed to enjoy the rides again only after the inspection of the rides is completed by the authority.
Seismologists have said that although the earthquake could not be said to be an aftershock of the Easter Day temblor that hit the U.S. Mexico border, it is related to it. Seismologist Kate Hutton of the California Institute of Technology has mentioned to a media source that the strain from the Easter Day earthquake had transferred to a different fault zone and prompted the Wednesday earthquake.
Although the earthquake had not caused any significant damage to life and property, it had left the people of Southern California terrified. On Wednesday, the sheriff’s department received numerous phone calls from residents who wanted to know about the earthquake.
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