Earth Watch Report  -  Earthquakes

An earthquake struck near Salinas, located in Northern California, on Tuesday evening, and a few hours later, another quake hit near Fontana in Southern California.

The Salinas quake was registered at 3.3-magnitude and hit about 30 miles south of San Jose and 100 miles southeast of San Francisco, said the U.S. Geological Service.

On Twitter, a number of people said they felt the quake.

The temblor was located about 12 miles south of Gilroy and a mile west of Hollister.

AP update for Fontana quake:

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Earthquake USA State of California, [About 3 miles north of Fontana] Damage level Details

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Earthquake in USA on Wednesday, 15 January, 2014 at 09:41 (09:41 AM) UTC.

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Strong earthquake occurred about 3 miles north of Fontana, California, USA. The magnitude was 4.5, the hypocentre was 5 kilometers. Conceivable minor damage because the quake occurred in densely populated areas.

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Earthquake in USA on Wednesday, 15 January, 2014 at 09:41 (09:41 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 15 January, 2014 at 17:39 UTC
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An earthquake, initially measured at a 4.4 magnitude, shook parts of the Los Angeles area early Wednesday morning. The epicenter of the shaker was four miles west-northwest of Rialto in San Bernardino County, apparently five kilometers beneath a house in a subdivision, based on geographic coordinates and Google’s streetview maps. Police and other emergency services say they had no reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says it had reports from residents as far away as Long Beach that they felt a light shaking.

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Earthquake in USA on Wednesday, 15 January, 2014 at 09:41 (09:41 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 16 January, 2014 at 05:54 UTC
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A Fontana earthquake shook the Southern California region this morning, with the 4.4 level earthquake being 3 miles deep and having weak tremors reported by witnesses. The trembling was still said to be quite strong by some residents in San Bernardino County, and hit at roughly 1:35 a.m. early on Wednesday. The Inquisitr provides a recap of what happened with this natural phenomenon this Jan. 15, 2014. The Fontana earthquake was not felt by some Fontana and Rialto residents because many were asleep at the time. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 4.4 magnitude earthquake registered approximately 3 miles deep and left no serious damage to buildings or injuries to people. However, many citizens in the region confirmed that they felt the tremors shaking the ground, though most were weak to moderate level in strength. As stated by one Rialto resident, Ms. Alysha Griggs, to a local news source: The earthquake felt pretty big … It shook my whole house.” She added that the tremors lasted roughly 10 seconds, and caused quite a scare for her dog as well. Another local resident added that the Fontana earthquake was mild on her end. However, she did announce that the 4.4 quake still had powerful enough tremors to shake the mirror from her bedroom wall and break it. She wasn’t the only one. “Other citizens throughout the county region similarly experienced minor damage as furnishings were shaken off their counters and walls. However, authorities in Fontana, Los Angeles, and Rialto, have confirmed that nobody was seriously harmed in the overall weak Fontana earthquake.” Unforgettably, the 3-miles-deep earthquake struck Southern California only a single day after the mayor of Los Angeles announced his new plan to prepare the public for earthquake safety in case of a shaky emergency. The program centers around fortifying buildings that would have the potential to crack and fall and during a more powerful natural disaster. Los Angeles, including the Fontana region, is a high-risk area for earthquakes, notes one U.S. geological expert and seismologist: “Los Angeles County has one-quarter of the nation’s seismic risk in our county alone… 10 million people on top of 100 faults… If we can come up with a solution here … it’d make a big difference.”

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  PE.com

FONTANA: Earthquake sets off alarms, causes minor damage

Norman Sayeg at his Rialto home, there is a crack in the concrete pad outside, and some cracks in the window from the earthquake on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. -- KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Norman Sayeg at his Rialto home, there is a crack in the concrete pad outside, and some cracks in the window from the earthquake on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. — KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck early Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Fontana caused havoc to local residents.

Pictures fell off the walls, drawers and cabinets flew open and makeup toppled off bathroom shelves at the home of Donald Rhoads, who lives almost directly above the epicenter.

He was sleeping in his upstairs bedroom when the temblor struck at  1:35 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, about three miles north of the city in the Sierra Lakes neighborhood.

“We’d never felt anything like that, never,” Rhoads said.

The earthquake was violent and sudden, unlike most quakes he has felt, which begin and end gradually.

“It felt like a bomb was going off in my house,” he said.

As everything shook, he heard thinks crashing down and shattering throughout his house.

“I heard everything falling like the house was caving in,” he said.

The quake damaged two windows at another home a few miles away in Rialto.

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