Southern California’s Ventura County experienced a seismic jolt on Sunday with a 5.1 magnitude earthquake, coinciding with the intensification of Tropical Storm Hilary in the region.
The initial tremor struck the Ojai region at approximately 2:41 p.m., followed by a series of aftershocks that reverberated across Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. Some of these aftershocks reached magnitudes around 3.0, as reported by KABC-TV.
Seismologist Lucy Jones, during an appearance on the network, pointed out that the Ojai region hadn’t witnessed an earthquake of this magnitude or higher since 1932, underscoring the significance of the event.
Residents in the affected areas received emergency notifications on their phones immediately after the seismic activity. The messages advised, “Earthquake Detected! Drop, Cover, Hold On. Protect Yourself.” Fortunately, no substantial damage has been reported as a consequence of the earthquake.
This earthquake coincided with the presence of Tropical Storm Hilary, which has Southern California on alert. Authorities have issued warnings that the worst of the storm is yet to arrive, prompting the declaration of a State of Emergency for Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
As the region navigates the dual challenges of seismic activity and a powerful tropical storm, vigilance and preparedness remain paramount.