The USGS reported this morning that a 5.2 magnitude Earthquake struck on the San Jacinto fault just after 1 AM Pacific Daylight Time. Several after shocks struck within a half hour after the shocks. Dr. Lucy Jones, retired from the USGS, also reported the news on Twitter. In her article, Deborah Byrd describes Dr. Lucy Jones as “…a geologist in southern California.” Excuse me. Those of us who have lived through all the earthquakes in Southern California in the last half century know that Dr. Lucy Jones is THE GEOLOGIST of Southern California from her many late night appearances on the television news programs holding her babies and charming us in the middle of a crisis. Deborah Byrd rightfully points out that this earthquake and fault line are part of the Ring of Fire.
I didn’t feel this one as I also did not feel the Landers Earthquake. Distance makes a difference. I don’t bother with Earthquakes 3.0 and below, so I haven’t had occassion to discuss Earthquakes lately. For more, see Earthsky.