Southern California Jolted With Earthquake of Magnitude 4.4: Southern California was shaken with a moderate earthquake on late Tuesday night. According to reports there were no fatalities or damages from the quake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale. According to the US Geological Survey the shocks were felt at precisely 11:23 pm and the epicenter of the earthquake was located two miles east of Yorba Linda within the north of the Orange County.
Southern California experienced a mild after shock that measured 2.7 on the Richter scale a minute later at about 11:25. The quakes were felt widely; particularly throughout all of Los Angeles and the Fernando Valley. The quake spread about 50 miles from the epicenter.
A third after shock was experienced at 11:41 – it measured at a magnitude of 1.2. This third set of tremors was centered at one mile from Yorba Linda. The next fifty minutes saw five more quakes, all centered at or near Yorba Linda. These quakes ranged between 1.4 and 2.1 in magnitude.
It is normal for a zone to experience multiple after quakes after a major earthquake.
Soon after the earthquake firefighters and security teams were dispatched by Los Angeles authorities to check on the conditions. As stated by the reports there were no signs of any damage on the roads, the residential and commercial areas. The city was completely assessed in a few hours and the inspection ended early Wednesday morning. Schools, houses, power lines and transportation facilities were thoroughly examined for any damage.
Matt Spence of the Los Angeles Fire Department reported on Tuesday that despite the fact that there were no injuries or damage, the Emergency Earthquake Mode was placed on all fire resources. Later at about 12.15 am the Emergency Mode was lifted by the authorities.
The earthquake, despite being extremely weak and harmless, initiated a sudden fear among the dwellers of Southern California. Social networking websites, especially Twitter, started to stream with earthquake related comments of California residents.