Earthquake in Los Angeles | July 30th, 2020
In Southern California on July 30, 2020, at 4:30 a.m., a 4.2 magnitude earthquake in Pacoima shook the San Fernando Valley and provided an early wake-up call for residents. Some of the shakings included aftershocks of 3.3 and 3.9 magnitudes. The earthquake and its aftershocks were felt throughout Glendale, downtown Los Angeles, La Crescenta, Hollywood, Pasadena, and the Miracle Mile area.
There were more than 60 aftershocks initially reported. Aftershocks can continue for years after an earthquake. Susan Hough, a USGS seismologist, says that there is a 1 in 10 chance of another earthquake with a 4.2 or larger magnitude that can occur within the next month. There were more than 50,000 people that reported shaking on the USGS’ Did You Feel It web page.
As soon as the earthquake began, the Los Angeles Fire Department implemented their post-earthquake protocols. Fire department vehicles and helicopters patrolled 470 square-miles to search for damage and assist residents. Fortunately, there was no damage reported and the Fire Department completed protocol at 5:30 am.
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