Saturday evening, Southern California experienced two earthquakes back-to-back.
The first of the earthquakes was a weak 3.0-magnitude and had a depth of approximately 1.2 miles. Roughly twenty minutes later, the second of the earthquakes hit and came in at a 4.5-magnitude and was downgraded to 4.2 with a depth of 5.5 miles.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of both the earthquakes was roughly 16 miles from Santa Clarita.
The first of the earthquakes struck at approximately 7 p.m. pacific time and the second followed at approximately 7:20 p.m. pacific time.
The earthquakes were felt from the Los Angeles metropolitan area to parts of Ventura County.
Authorities have made a statement that although deputies are in the field making checks, no damage or injuries were initially reported to them. They have been urging residents of California to remember to “keep lines (at 911) open for emergencies.” They are aware there have been earthquakes and do not need residents to report it to them at this time.
The earthquakes ranged in severity of mild to moderate intensity and have been labeled as “normal activity” for Southern California according to Dr. Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist that spoke to KTLA.
Dr. Jones indicated that the affected areas of California have experienced “plenty” of earthquakes in the past.
In the past ten days, alone, there have been three earthquakes reported. In 2014, there were a total of eight earthquakes, in the same area, of 4.2-magnitude or higher.
The Los Angeles Fire Department explained that although they are monitoring the earthquakes, they have decided it’s not necessary for the department to go into “earthquake mode.”