6.3 Earthquake Shakes In the Pacific Off Coast of Catalina
Normally a 6.3 magnitude earthquake shaking things up in California is a really big deal--after all, that's a significant shaker. Luckily, though the Golden State was struck with such a temblor overnight, it was situated in the Pacific off the coast of Catalina, and the consequences have been minimal, besides a little late night rolling.The earthquake struck at 2:36 a.m. Friday seven miles down in the ocean at 163 miles south-southwest of Avalon, according to the USGS. This location is a spot where the Pacific tectonic plate "moves to the northwest with respect to the North America plate," says the USGS.
Though the quake was in the ocean, folks still report feeling it from Ventura and Lancaster to the north, and from Ensenada and Mexicali, Mexico to the south, according to City News Service.
Sgt. Robert Renteria of the Los Angeles County sheriff's Avalon Station describes the feeling as "a mild rolling for probably about 10-15 seconds," but adds they did not receive any calls about the earthquake at their station.
Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries or damage.
Fear not: The quake did not trigger a tsunami danger.