6.3 Magnitude Earthquake shakes offshore of Southern California Coast
(Best Syndication News) - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred off the Pacific Coast near the boarder of California and Mexico. The quake occurred on December 14, 2012 at 2:36:02 a.m. (local time to the event). The sizeable earthquake was initially recorded as a 6.4 magnitude, but was later downgraded to a 6.3 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The epicenter of the event was located at 31.213°N, 119.560°W. The USGS explained that the earthquake came from normal fault movement of the Pacific plate in the oceanic lithosphere. The focus of the earthquake was 7.0 miles deep. This earthquake was not associated with San Andreas Fault system which experts predict is overdue for a sizeable tremor.
The nearest city was the Catalina Island city of Avalon, California, which was 162 miles north-northeast of the epicenter. Rosarito, Mexico was 166 miles away. The border town of Imperial Beach, California was 170 miles from the earthquake.
It was felt in Southern California and Baja. Many people in Tijuana, Mexico and Avalon, California reported to the USGS felt weak to light shaking. Residents throughout Southern California reported feeling the earthquake; it was felt as far north as Tehachapi, California.
By: N Wilson