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Here’s How A Few People Knew The Strongest Earthquake In Years Was About To Hit LA
It was a typical hazy April afternoon in Southern California when the ground beneath millions of residents suddenly began to tremble.
The shaking, triggered by a magnitude 5.3 earthquake — the largest to hit the region in years — was centered about 40 miles off the coast, rattling nerves across the Los Angeles area. But for a small handful of people, it was also a glimpse into a safer, Minority Report–esque future where people receive earthquake alerts on their cell phones seconds before the shaking begins.
While cell phone–based alerts are commonly used by authorities to warn of imminent natural disasters, for earthquakes they are currently limited to small groups of scientists and early beta testers. Both government agencies and private companies hope to change…
Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits off Southern California coast, shakes Los Angeles
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck off the coast of Southern California on Thursday, officials at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say. CBS Los Angeles reports the quake originated near the Channel Islands. It happened around 12:30 p.m. local time about 38 miles southwest of the mainland city of Ventura, according to the USGS.
“A 5.3 is a good jolt,” Dr. Susan Hough of the USGS said Thursday at a press conference with Dr. Jennifer Andrews of Caltech, and that it was no surprise people in Los Angeles felt the quake.
“We would expect aftershocks, and there is the potential for some triggered seismicity,” Andrews said….