Earthquake shakes California during storm

Earthquake shakes California during stormPic: Reuters
Earthquake shakes California during storm Pic: Reuters

As residents of Southern California sought refuge from Hurricane Hilary, the region was struck by a second natural disaster: an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale.

Its epicentre was located to the north of Los Angeles, and the hashtag #hurriquake began trending on social media almost immediately.

In addition to the fact that it did not result in significant damage, the hurricane has since been demoted to a post-tropical cyclone.

The Mayor of Los Angeles, Karen Bass, stated that more than one hundred fire stations were inspecting buildings for damage.

Ms. Bass stated in a tweet that there were no initial reports of any casualties or building damage as a result of the earthquake.

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist, told NBC News that the earthquake that occurred near Ojai was “interesting” and that it was the “first time we’ve had a five since 1932 in exactly this location, and even within the Ventura basin.”

She issued a warning that additional aftershocks will probably occur over the next few days.

Due to the fact that the earthquake struck at the same time that post-tropical cyclone Hilary did, many of the locals were confused of where they should seek shelter.

As the earthquake struck, she could hear other people screaming inside their homes and one of her neighbours raced out of his house in a panic, stating that he didn’t know where to go. As the earthquake occurred, she could also hear other people shouting inside their homes.

An additional video taken inside of a grocery store showed shelves toppling over as the earthquake occurred, and it also showed a guy escaping the store with his daughter.

Source: USGS
Source: USGS

In the meantime, the National Hurricane Service has stated that the “ongoing and historic” amount of rain that the storm has brought is predicted to bring flooding that ranges from potentially life-threatening to locally catastrophic. In addition, the storm is expected to cause other problems such as mudslides and landslides as well.

The majority of Southern California is under a state of emergency after Governor Gavin Newsom of California issued the proclamation, and more than 7,500 troops have been dispatched to assist civilians in getting ready for the storm.

After about two inches (five centimetres) of rain fell within two hours, residents in San Bernadino county had to be evacuated because of the heavy rainfall, while the National Weather Service warned of life-threatening floods in Ventura county. The rainfall totaled almost two inches (five centimetres).

The county of San Bernardino uploaded videos to social media showing rain water washing boulders onto roadways as vehicles drove through muck. The videos were released by the county.
Already, the storm has brought intense rainfall to regions that are more frequently dry and desert-like. Because the ground would have a difficult time absorbing the water, specialists cautioned that those places were more likely to be affected by sudden flooding.

This was seen in places like Palm Springs, which is known for being a desert town but recently recorded the wettest hour it has ever seen, according to Mr. Newsom.

In addition to having some of the highest temperatures on earth, Death Valley also saw severe flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall that fell there.

Dry air, cool sea, and wind conditions off the coast tend to limit hurricanes, hence tropical storms are extremely rare in this region.

According to Jason Allen, a reporter for CBS News, the storm was “absolutely unprecedented,” and he noted that many locals were perplexed by the meteorological occurrence.

“I was at a station where they were filling up sandbags, and one of the people there made the comment, ‘I live in the desert.'” He went on to tell CBS that “I’m not supposed to be doing this.”

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