4.2 magnitude earthquake hits Southern Calif. just after midnight

Calif. coast residents shocked by the intense tremors


On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Southern Calif. was rattled by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake at 2 a.m., just 10 miles off the coast of Malibu. This quake was 16 kilometers south of Malibu, with a depth of 14 kilometers. The 4.2 earthquake was then followed by a series of aftershocks, with the greatest magnitude of 3.5 at 2:03 a.m. 

The following aftershocks were progressively weaker: a wave with a magnitude of 2.8 struck at 2:22 a.m., with a 2.6 soon after at 2:38 a.m.

The Los Angeles Fire Department went into ‘earthquake mode,’ which involves a thorough report of any and all possible damage that could have occurred.

“The LAFD completed a strategic 470 square-mile survey of the City of Los Angeles following the 4.2M earthquake near Malibu” KTLA 5 News reported. “No damages or injuries were reported and normal operation mode has resumed.”

As for tsunami warnings, there weren’t any issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

“This is a reminder we live in a #earthqauke country,” tweeted Ready Los Angeles County.