Quake Swarm Builds Up With Sizable Overnight Aftershocks

The quake swarm that never quite let up in the aftermath of last week’s magnitude 7.1 Ridgecrest quake, picked up again this morning at a steady clip of 15 sizeable temblors.

Over a seven hour period from 2:21 a.m. to 9:01 a.m., 16 sizable earthquakes hit. The smallest was a magnitude 3.0 and the largest was a 3.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


The swarm of shallow quakes could be felt across the Searles Valley region on edge from nearly a week of relentless earthquakes. The deepest was 4.9 miles while the shallowest was .6 of a mile. Some of them struck less than a minute apart.

Some reported the feeling the temblors in the Los Angeles area. However, authorities don’t expect the Searles Valley swarm to have any impact on the San Andreas faultline or other faults along the greater metropolitan area. A seemingly unrelated magnitude 2.1 earthquake epicentered in Redondo Beach hit at 10:06 p.m. Tuesday night.


The aftershocks are to be expected. Seismologists say they anticipate between 240 and 410 quakes of magnitude 3 or higher.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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