Earthquake 5.1 and Tropical Storm Take Center Stage : Southern California’s Double Header


Southern California is jolted by a Ventura County earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1.

Center of Earthquake

On the same day a tropical cyclone made landfall in Southern California for the first time in decades, a magnitude 3.0-plus earthquake in Ojai, about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, was followed by a number of aftershocks.

Mother Nature delivered a one-two blow to Southern California on Sunday as the region was pummeled by its first tropical cyclone in decades and an earthquake in Ventura County caused widespread trembling.

Residents of Southern California were surprised by the magnitude-5.1 earthquake at 2:41 p.m., but they had already readied themselves for Hurricane Hilary’s aftermath, which had already brought hours of continuousrain in the driest month of the year for the area. There were at least a dozen aftershocks that were at least magnitude 3.0.

Around four miles southeast of Ojai, approximately 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, was where the earthquacke’s epicenter was located.

There have been reports of shaking in a number of places, including Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Santa Barbara, sections of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Malibu, Porter Ranch, and Manhattan Beach.

Security camera footage from the Tres Hermanas restaurant in Ojai recorded sights and the jarring sound of shaking. About 12 miles north of Ventura, in the Los Padres National Forest, is the small, picturesque town of Ojai. It includes a bustling downtown village area with pubs, stores, and art galleries.

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Early Damage

No initial reports of major damage were made. Aerial inspections by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department revealed no damage to the Lake Casitas Dam, Matilija Dam, or the city of Ojai.

All 106 neighborhood fire stations in Los Angeles conducted inspections for damage as part of the city’s fire department’s Earthquacke Operation.

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist, noted that the location is interesting. Since 1932, we haven’t gotten a 5 in this specific spot or even inside the Ventura basin.

According to Jones, a magnitude-5.1 earthquake was observed in 1941, about west of the Sunday quake. East of the site, there were some tremors of the Northridge earthquake in 1994.


More aftershocks are anticipated in the following days, according to Jones.

Following the earthquake in the early afternoon, the hashtag #hurriquake became popular on X quite quickly.

About Tropical strom

A unusual tropical storm made its first appearance in the Los Angeles region in decades at the same time as the earthquacke. For the first time ever, Southern California is under a tropical storm warning, and rain is predicted to continue through Sunday night in most of Los Angeles County.

Since Sept. 25, 1939, when a system lost its hurricane strength just before reaching onshore in Long Beach, no tropical storm has made landfall in Southern California. The outcomes were disastrous.

On Sunday, millions of residents in Southern California received two urgent emergency messages on their phones: the first warned of a flash flood, and the second warned of an earthquacke in Ventura County.


“This is the first magnitude 5 earthquake in this particular spot since 1932. It is just uncommon in the Ventura basin. Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist, talks about the magnitude 5.1 earthquake and its strong aftershocks that occurred close to Ojai in Ventura County.

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Tropical Storm Hilary was dumping a lot of rain on Southern California when the earthquake struck.

Jones said that the earthquake had nothing to do with the bad weather. There is currently a 5% probability of a stronger earthquake.


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