6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

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Update by edhat staff

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck in San Bernadino County causing shockwaves felt in Santa Barbara.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports the source of the earthquake in Searles Valley near Ridgecrest with a depth of 8.7km. At 10:33 a.m. Thursday, July 4, the 6.4 earthquake hit the area and was followed by a series of smaller earthquakes between 3.0 to 5.0 magnitudes in the minutes after. The main earthquake was also proceeded by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake by approximately 30 minutes.

Reports of feeling the earthquake went as far as the San Franciscoto Bay area to the north and San Diego County to the south. Edhat readers in Santa Barbara report feeling the "rolling-style" quake for a full two minutes before it began to dissipate. 

The City of Santa Barbara initiated earthquake protocol and all stations report no damage, but many report feeling it throughout Santa Barbara County.


Reported by edhat readers

  • Earthquake! Around 10:30am, felt the whole house shake near downtown for at least 2 solid minutes.

  • Who else felt the earthquake? 10:35 a.m. in Goleta

  • 10:35 am earthquake. My sister in OC felt it, too. Rolled my house in Noleta several seconds. Who knows the where & how big?

     

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sbsunshine Jul 05, 2019 05:17 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Location of the quake is near the Coso Volcanic Field. A little known region of extensive past volcanic activity. This is also near Volcano Peak. Most of this area lies within the China Lake Navel Weapons Center. Lots of active thermal springs, not as large as Yellowstone but significant nonetheless. There is much geo-thermal drilling in the area to capture the energy. They inject water above the magma chamber and extract steam or to get steam to turn the turbines. There is also a mining operation near the location. There is debate about what exactly there are mining there - copper...or gold. Makes sense it would be a mineral rich area next to the huge volcanic field. Night before the quake there was an earthquake swarm in the San Joaquin Valley near a huge oil pumping operation which create s weaknesses in the earth's crust so they are more prone to where the earth will release pressure. There was a "push" that came in the night before from the PNW area of the plate and puts pressure on the fracture zones and when plates shift they create vibrations that transfer to other parts of the plate. Mother Nature has already created a weakness in the earth in the Coso Field and humans contributed to the weakness by drilling.....some are saying we could see more quakes in the Bay Area. We have some dormant volcanos being active...the one in Russia in the last few days 27 6.0 or greater in the last month. Average is about 12. There are ways to scientifically predict earthquakes through the transfer of the energy from one to the next across the plates, no one can be 100% accurate as this is up to the Earth ultimately so the govt. can't do predictions and scientists won't do them either...but it doesn't mean you can't study the flow of the Earthquakes across the world and through the plates and begin to pick up the patterns and where the earth has volcanic fields and drill points... The debate about predicting or not is an old conversation that should evolve to studying the transfer of the energy across the plate...it is a more balanced and stable way to look at the situation verses "black and white"...it is pretty fascinating...

a-1563359120 Jul 05, 2019 02:48 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

I know where my the gas shutoff is located, and there's a tool to help turn it. Has anyone on Edhat had to face this post earthquake? WHEN do you decide to turn it off, or not? I know the gas co. doesn't want you to turn it off unnecessarily. Advice, anyone with experience?

a-1563359120 Jul 05, 2019 01:41 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

CATO9. Don't hesitate to call SoCalGas and tell them you smelled gas right after the quakes hit. They'll send a guy out to check everything. Best to be safe.

a-1563359120 Jul 05, 2019 01:44 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

We always feel the earth move (Lower Riviera), but now I can't say that anymore. I slept right through it and my housemates were out exercising and none of else felt a thing.

Flicka Jul 04, 2019 06:02 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

We didn't feel the quake but knew what was happening because all the things hanging in our living room were swaying; plants, chandler, hanging nick knacks, went on for several minutes. Grandma used to say the over cast like we had this morning was "earthquake weather". A friend taking care of horses on the Jackson Ranch in Montecito (1980s) said the horses were all acting strangely for about 20 minutes before an earthquake hit.

a-1563359120 Jul 04, 2019 01:58 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Felt it in Solvang. Hanging plants swaying. Felt queasy. Cat was concerned but pug was oblivious. Wow to hearing the mission bells in sb.

EastBeach Jul 04, 2019 01:10 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

The USGS "Shake Map" for this quake is pretty interesting. You can see data from seismic stations from all over the state (click the map, zoom with your wheel, click and drag to pan, then click on a station). For this quake, UCSB's campus station logged a 3.3 magnitude while SB County' station off Foothill Rd logged 2.8. Interestingly, intensity doesn't radiate like perfect concentric circles - there are places in the Owens Valley that are closer to the epicenter than SB but recorded lower magnitudes ...... https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci38443183/shakemap/intensity

a-1563359120 Jul 05, 2019 01:02 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Right, because earth is made of varying types of soil and rock structures. Imagine you had a irregularly shaped pool that was water in some places, jello in others, pudding elsewhere, maybe a few solid underwater structures - waves are going to travel differently in each of these areas.

Shasta Guy Jul 04, 2019 12:17 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

My wife felt inexplicably woozy too. I heard the Mission bells and thought this isn’t the time for them. I’ve up and down painting so I never felt it. It sounds like there is damage near the epicenter. A good reminder to get your emergency kit up to date. Do you have enough on hand to ride out a couple weeks in case we lose a lot of infrastructure?

halibut52 Jul 04, 2019 11:03 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

On Las Canoas rd in Mission Canyon. Felt mild back & forth movement of the sofa for less than 10 seconds. Always an interesting experience having the earth remind me that it's in charge.

a-1563359120 Jul 04, 2019 11:00 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

I swear I must have some sixth/seventh sense about these things. We were out by our pool having 4th of July libations, and I mentioned to my house guests that we were experiencing "Earthquake Weather" this morning. They gave me the "pssshhaaa, you are crazy" look, but then the glass tumblers started klinkling in to each other, and the water in the pool and spa started swaying. Our horses seemed to be a bit frightened, but by the time we got down to the stable, they had calmed down. We stroked them for a few minutes, and headed back up to the house. Amazing!!!

a-1563359120 Jul 04, 2019 12:01 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Anyone can do it, but you have to be totally in tune with your "self" and environment. If you are distracted by all of the other things (on the computer all day, listening to tv talking heads, politics, etc.), it's NOT going to happen. So, get in tune, pay attention, otherwise every day turns into K-mart shopping, pizza for dinner, and blaming everything on the "other guy." God bless and may you find peace in your heart.

a-1563359120 Jul 04, 2019 11:27 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Monkey mind? Well, I suppose it was my monkey mind that allowed me to predict the earthquake this morning. It's not easy to explain when you "have it" to those who do not. It's all good, and I'm used to people reacting to my predictions with "monkey mind" type comments...you know, sticks 'n' stones.

a-1563359120 Jul 04, 2019 11:15 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

The monkey mind can convince you of all kinds of things, including that you sensed something or are feeling something. Meditation helps one to watch the mind as an observer, rather than falling into its traps.

sbsunshine Jul 04, 2019 11:06 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Agree. A few days prior, the pressure shift of the Pacific storm, plus feeling that something was about to happen with sensations in the body were indications. The movement is still happening and you can feel the light swaying if you are in a quiet place or "tune in". We have fault lines all around SB so the ripple effects of the energy release would be normal.

a-1563359120 Jul 04, 2019 10:56 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Remember Dr. Lucy Jones from Caltech, the earthquake specialist. She’s got a good twitter feed discussing this earthquake: https://twitter.com/DrLucyJones?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

sbsunshine Jul 04, 2019 11:12 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Dr. Lucy Jones @DrLucyJones 11m11 minutes ago More M6.4 on a strikeslip fault about 10 miles from Ridgecrest. Not the San Andreas fault. It is an area with a lot of little faults but no long fault 40 replies 530 retweets 756 likes Reply 40 Retweet 530 Like 756 Dr. Lucy Jones @DrLucyJones 30m30 minutes ago More A M6.6 near Ridgecrest. The M4.2 a half hour before was a foreshock. This area had lots of M5+s in the 198os. More soon

Sagepup Jul 04, 2019 12:04 PM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Yea , I was lying in bed and got all excited cause parts of me was swaying that I haven't felt in a while, turns out it was just an earthquake :(

sbsunshine Jul 04, 2019 10:56 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

It rang the mission bells and the water in the pool swayed about a foot near mission ridge. still lightly swaying. Quite a distance from the center. 6.2 near Pacific/Vancouver earlier today so the energy of that may have been transferred to this one. Here is a good link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHE92x768p8h-fMrqhsnE1Q/videos

a-1563359120 Jul 05, 2019 01:04 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

A-1562313352 1 JUL 04, 2019 10:25 PM>>> And don't forget LL Cool J. >>>>>>>"Goin' back to Cali, Cali, Cali. Man . . . I don't think so . . ." One of the best songs about California EVER.>>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdizL4on-Rc

sbsunshine Jul 04, 2019 11:01 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Right around 11:30 of the video he starts to talk about where in Cali the pressure will go and mentions Central Valley. Interesting.

Zenyatta19 Jul 04, 2019 10:55 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

Working at the animal shelter today and rabbits were not themselves for about an hour prior. Dogs suddenly all quieted down when it began. Haven’t made a peep since!

EastBeach Jul 04, 2019 10:52 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

What a roller! USGS reports magnitude 6.4 12 Km SW of Searles Valley (Ridgcrest is the nearest city) at 10:33am our time ..... https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci38443183/executive

a-1563359120 Jul 04, 2019 10:52 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

The first was 6.6, the second (aftershock?) was 4.7. Do you have stored food and water? Batteries, portable radio,. Could you survive a big earthquake with what you have on hand today?

d8vanilla Jul 04, 2019 10:50 AM
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes California

12km SW of Searles Valley, CA 6.6 ************************************************ http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/ really good website.....

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