Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Hits Ojai Valley In California

After a few days of relative calm, Inquisitr has reports of another moderate sized earthquake from California. According to a KTLA report, the Ojai area of the state was hit by a magnitude 4.2 earthquake on early Saturday morning. It was part of a series of tremors that were experienced by people in the area between late Friday night and early Saturday morning. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed the earthquake and the details are available on the USGS website.

According to the data from USGS, the magnitude 4.2 earthquake was recorded at 12:42 a.m. Its epicenter was 10 miles northeast of Ojai and 11 miles north of Santa Paula, USGS’s incident pages stated. There were also reports of surrounding areas such as Santa Barbara County feeling light shaking.

The area where the Ojai valley earthquake hit
The area where the Ojai valley earthquake was centered [Image Via USGS]

The magnitude 4.2 earthquake was preceded by a magnitude 3.3 earthquake at 11:27 p.m., on Friday. This tremor was centered 12 miles northwest of Fillmore and 19 miles northeast of Ventura, according to the USGS. Several people in the area reported feeling the earthquake, ABC7 News reported.

Some people did not even feel it, as can be seen in reactions to the earthquake posted on Twitter.

Ok I did not even feel the earthquake last night and I’m in Ojai lol

— guava (@guavitas) March 12, 2016

@agar2300 there was an earthquake in ojai lol

— ally (@aally415) March 12, 2016

The KTLA report also adds that people from Ventura County and in neighboring Santa Barbara County also experienced weak to light shaking. Several smaller earthquakes were also recorded in the area after the 4.2 jolt, according to USGS. These were normal aftershocks that usually follow a larger, more significant earthquake.

Luckily, there were no reports of any injuries or damages following the earthquake.

The USGS also adds that this is the first earthquake with magnitude 3.0 or larger to hit the area in the past 10 days.

The Inquisitr previously reported about two earthquakes that hit California last month. The first one happened on February 16 and was a moderate sized magnitude 4.8 earthquake that hit several areas near Big Pine, California. The USGS initially rated that Earthquake a massive 5.3 on the Richter scale but has since then clarified that it was just a 4.8 magnitude event. This earthquake was centered about 6 miles northwest of Big Pine, 63 miles northeast of Three Rivers. It was a “shallow earthquake” that struck just 9.8 miles deep, United States Geological Survey (USGS) officials confirmed.

The second earthquake, also measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, was reported on February 23. This quake rattled several residents living in central and southern California and was centered near Bakersfield. The epicenter of this earthquake was located around 25 miles northwest of Bakersfield in the town of Wasco. It reportedly happened at around 4 p.m. local time. The USGS described the tremor as a shallow earthquake that occurred at a depth of around 14 miles from the surface of the earth. The earthquake was initially reported to have measured 4.9 on the Richter scale but has since been corrected to 4.8.

Did you experience the earthquake in Ojai Valley yesterday?

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