5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Santa Barbara Area

Update by the edhat staff

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Ojai area on Sunday afternoon causing a series of aftershocks.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports the quake’s epicenter was 4.3 miles southeast of Ojai, located off Sulphur Mountain Road.

The earthquake struck at 2:41 p.m. with a depth of 9 miles.

USGS reports a series of aftershocks from 2:43 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. with magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 3.6

Edhat readers located on the South Coast were quick to report feeling the quake and its aftershocks. USGS states residents as far as San Luis Obispo, Lancaster, and San Diego felt the earthquake.

Southern California is currently experiencing the tropical storm effects of Hurricane Hilary with most areas welcoming rain while others are bracing for intense winds and heavier storms. 

By an edhat reader

Did anyone else just feel an earthquake?

Shook for about 2 full minutes. 

Edhat Staff

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  1. Thanks Ed for quick post! Interesting gentle rolling motion maybe 15-20 seconds here at 101/154. Interesting to see if/how others felt it. USGS: M 3.3 – 6 km SE of Ojai, CA – 2:47:33pm – 34.418°N 119.195°W – Depth 9.2 km. Interestingly, 4 more since as of 2:54pm, and a 2.5 one yesterday. https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/?extent=15.87681,-137.54883&extent=55.57834,-52.38281

  2. Felt that Eastside. Immediately shut down the PC’s w/Harddrives, then went the M.2 drive PC to look it up one USGS. It says there’s multiple 3’s as well. Went to call sister back east (Mi.), the phone said “Hold on, tack cover…”. They forgot to warn us PRIOR to the event?

  3. Felt nothing on the Eastside near Franklin School, but got an earthquake warning on my iPhone that was in my pocket! …Looked at my earthquake app; it showed nothing; have now downloaded another app and it shows the 5.08, 4.3 mi. southeast of Ojai and many small aftershocks in the range of 1-3.

  4. This earthquake reminds me of the 9 February 1971 Sylmar quake. It was magnitude 6.6 and happened at 6:02 AM.
    We were in bed in Goleta, and were awakened by the bed gently shaking east-west, north-south, then east west.
    I said “that’s a big earthquake somewhere.” We then both said our daughter’s name, as she was attending UCLA.
    She reported that being in the shower on the 6th floor of Dykstra Hall was no place to be during an earthquake. There is nothing to hold on to.

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