Did you feel it? This writer was busy snoring!
At 2:38:39Am Saturday morning (an erroneous earlier publication said “today”), an earthquake which immediately registered as a 3.5 sent its waves through Newport Beach.
The quake was centered at 33.546°N 118.172°W, about 14 miles due WSW from Newport, between Balboa Peninsula and Catalina. As Catalina blocks nearly all Ocean-Born quakes from generating a tsunami on our shores, the biggest threat to the Peninsula and the Islands are the earthquakes happening between the two landmasses. With a big enough quake to cause a tsunami, the 500-mph underwater burst would take 3 minutes and 7 seconds to reach our shores from a Catalina-distance of 26 miles away.
You can find more updated information, here: http://scedc.caltech.edu/recent/Maps/Los_Angeles.html and here: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci38835287/executive
For more information about how to be prepared, check out our award-winning Civilian Emergency Response Team, CERT.
Remember, if you have questions about earthquakes, you can always check the live feed at this URL: http://savenewport.com/earthquakes/