Earthquake 4.3, Rattles Southern California

Published: July 25, 2015

Earthquake 4.3, Rattles Southern California, A 4.3 preliminary magnitude earthquake woke Southland residents up just before 6 a.m. Saturday, with shaking felt from the coast clear out to Palmdale.

The shallow quake was felt strongly in Fontana, with a population of over 150,000 people, and felt more weakly in Riverside and Long Beach, according to the U.S. Geological Survey automated shake maps.

Shallow quakes like Saturday’s will be much more noticeable for their size than deeper quakes. The tremor struck at a depth of around 3 miles.

Twitter exploded with earthquake tweets but no damage was reported, despite sharp jolts being felt.

Besides the normal routine news organization and journalist tweets getting the quake news out, many reminded others about aftershocks or the possibility of this being a foreshock, which is always a geological possibility.

Melissa Skillens wrote, “Always stay cautious since a bigger Earthquake can come afterwards. Learned the hard way during La Habra quake.”

Most others just complained–or embraced–the early alarm clock.

Grady O’Bryan ?tweeted, “That was a nice wake up call,” while Twitter user “The Dog’s Mom” wrote, “No need for the baby to get me up at 6am. It was the earth.”

Always stay cautious since a bigger Earthquake can come afterwards. Learned the hard way during La Habra quake. #earthquake #quake

— Melissa Skillens (@MelissaSkillens) July 25, 2015
Several aftershocks have jolted the area since the initial earthquake, with the largest so far being a 1.6.

A dozen aftershocks in the range of 1-2.0 magnitude are expected after a quake of this size.

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