Earthquake measured at 5.7 shakes Southern Calif.
June 15, 2010 Leave a comment
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered five miles southeast of Ocotillo in Imperial County – about 85 miles east of San Diego. It struck Monday at 9:26 p.m. PDT.
Egill Hauksson, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said to the Associated Press, the quake was an aftershock of the deadly Easter Sunday magnitude-7.2 quake that shook Baja California and Southern California and the epicenter of Monday’s quake occurred in the same zone of the quake in April.
Thousands of aftershocks have occurred since the Easter earthquake. At least 45 aftershocks were recorded immediately following Monday’s 5.7 quake, with the largest measuring at magnitude-4.5.
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake “could break windows, it could throw things on the floor, it could create cracks on the wall, but we don’t expect things to collapse,” Hauksson said.