3.4 Earthquake near Gardena in the Los Angeles Basin

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We had a 3.4 (Richter Scale) earthquake in the Los Angeles Basin late Saturday night.  It was at a depth of 7.2 miles.  I felt this one.  It rattled the windows and caused a mild rolling motion to move through the house.  Gardena is about ten miles south of downtown Los Angeles and about ten miles north west of Long Beach.  I’ve posted the “ShakeMap”  this time because it shows the topography of Southern California.   The red lines on the map show the fault system of Southern California.

This earthquake likely took place on the Newport-Inglewood Fault, where the infamous 1933 Long Beach earthquake took place.  That earthquake damaged  $50 million dollars in property and killed 120 people.  230 school buildings were damaged or destroyed in the Los Angeles area. The earthquake struck at 5:55 PM, fortunately, when school was not in session.  The epicenter of that quake was in Huntington Beach, about ten miles south of downtown Long Beach in Orange County.  The lesson of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake was that the greatest risk to life and limb was not from the earthquakes themselves but from faulty construction.  The California Field Act of 1933 was the first remedy for that issue.  We can all expect more earthquakes in the Los Angeles area.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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