California Gets New Year Surprise With 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake

Los Angeles, California: The US Geological Survey detected a magnitude 4.1 earthquake that occurred offshore in California early on New Year’s Day. The seismic event happened at 8:27 a.m. local time at nearly eleven miles from Rancho Palos Verdes and thirteen miles from Los Angeles.

The greater Los Angeles area experiences five earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 4.0 to 5.0 on average every year.
Michigan Technological University states that while earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.5 to 5.4 are frequently felt, they rarely inflict significant damage. Most individuals rarely feel those below 2.5 magnitude.

On Monday, there were reports of shaking throughout the Southern California region, but no immediate indications of damage or injuries. It follows reports of many powerful earthquakes in Japan.