Minor Earthquake in Central California

by Lauren Fogelstrom '14

The earthquake hit near Fontana, California in the Sequoia National Forest. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The earthquake hit near Fontana, California in the Sequoia National Forest. (Photo: Wikipedia)

At around 7PM on Wednesday night, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), reported a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in a rural area near Fontana, California. Shortly following the initial quake, there were several aftershocks, including a temblor of 3.0-magnitude only 25 minutes later. It struck the southern end of the Sequoia National Forest, but due to the rural environment, impact was minimal.

One geophysicist, Dale Grant, said the quake was shallow enough that if it had struck in a more populated or urban area, much more damage would have occurred. Fortunately, although several people posted on the USGS website that they felt the earthquake, no injuries have been reported.

The report from USGS warned that although aftershocks are usually less significant, their damage may still be significant in the next few days or even weeks.