Start of New Year Brings Quakes to California

Los Angeles County residents got off to a rocky start this year thanks to two earthquakes that struck an area near Castaic on Saturday. The first temblor occurred at 6:58 p.m., registering a magnitude 3.0. It was then followed by a larger jolt of 4.2 magnitude. While no injuries or serious damage were reported, the larger quake could be felt as far as Long Beach and Bakersfield.

USGS seismologist Lucy Jones called the activity “normal.” She noted that eight earthquakes of a 4.2-magnitude or higher had occurred in Southern California last year. The site of Saturday’s quake in northwest Los Angeles County has also been a hotbed of recent activity, she added.

“It’s an area that tends to have earthquakes. It’s a relatively active part of the state, and it is a relatively small earthquake.”

Northern California residents, meanwhile, ushered in 2015 with some jolts of their own. On New Year’s Day, at 4:16 a.m., a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck about 90 miles off the Humboldt County Coast. Fortunately, the quake wasn’t big enough to warrant any tsunami warnings.

Just another reminder to assemble those earthquake kits.