There is reason that the word earthquake is currently listed as a trending topic on Twitter as of Sunday morning, May 3. The USGS is reporting an earthquake of a 3.9 magnitude on the Richter Scale hitting 1km WNW of View Park-Windsor Hills, California on Sunday, at 11:07:18 UTC — or 4:07 a.m. local time — going only 9.9 km deep, which is approximately 6.1 miles deep.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 3, 2015
Normally, that low of a magnitude isn’t enough of a shock to even cause earthquake-savvy Californians to get out of bed, however, folks on Twitter are reporting that they felt the shaker, especially those closer to the epicenter, as expected.
— Nicole Chenoweth (@NicoleChenoweth) May 3, 2015
The Los Angeles area earthquake’s epicenter was about a mile from Baldwin Hills, and it’s the second earthquake to jolt Los Angeles in one month, reports USA Today – with no reported injuries. This latest earthquake is being called significant because it measures more than 3.0 magnitude — and because this earthquake was shallow, it was more widely felt — enough to wake up residents. This small quake only lasted a short time, approximately two seconds.
Felt that #earthquake this morning. Only 3.9 but epicenter less than two miles from my house.
— David S Williams III (@DSWIII) May 3, 2015
Buildings shook and folks were awakened by this latest quake, especially since it hit during a time when most folks were in bed, still and silent — and because of its shallow depth, this earthquake was noticeable.
As reported by the Inquisitr, a small earthquake also recently shook southwestern Michigan, with the 4.2-magnitude earthquake shaking a region that isn’t used to feeling the ground shake.
You know it’s a good-sized quake when what pulls you from a deep sleep is the sound of your building’s walls creaking. #earthquake
— Aaron Ginsburg (@DrLawyercop) May 3, 2015
Buzz about the Los Angeles quake being centered near a fracking center has erupted.
— Dan Ewen (@VaguelyFunnyDan) May 3, 2015
Not only are social media users chatting about the latest California earthquake, but they are also spreading the miraculous news of a 105-year-old man who was rescued alive from the Nepal earthquake rubble after 8 days.
— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) May 3, 2015
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