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Seismologist Reports 3.1 Earthquake North Of Castaic Lake

United States Geologic Survey officials reported Tuesday night a magnitude 3.1 earthquake about 6 miles north of Castaic.

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The “minor earthquake” was reported at 10:27 p.m. “10 km north of Castaic Lake dam.”

The hypocentral depth is 1 mile, according to officials.

The screenshot below, courtesy of earthquaketrack.com, shows recent seismic activity in the Santa Clarita Valley and areas surrounding Tuesday’s quake.

“The hypocenter is the point within the earth where an earthquake rupture starts,” according to the USGS website. The epicenter is the point directly above it at the surface of the Earth.

Update Dec. 31, 2014 9:08 a.m.

USGS officials reported the first of the four total earthquakes occurred in Canyon Country near the Robinson Ranch Golf Club at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday with a magnitude of 1.1.

The next earthquake was the 3.1 magnitude reported at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday in Castaic, according to USGS officials. A 1.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in roughly the same area of Castaic.

The final of the four earthquakes occurred at 4:43 a.m. Wednesday, in the same area as the previous two, with a magnitude of 1.5.

Castaic 3.1 earthquake


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Seismologist Reports 3.1 Earthquake North Of Castaic Lake

One comment

  1. I Trending to the Idea That the On Sought of EQs Are Due to the ” EXTRA WEIGHT ” Brought on by the Rains in Dec 2014 ??? Yes…N…The Last 3.0 Event, I Think, Was Last March 2014…

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