Granted it was only a 4.6M quake centered in El Monte at 11:38 last night. And still it was felt throughout the area by many. Maybe you felt it too.
Did you know that this quake as centered very close to the location of the 1987 Whittier Narrows 5.9M quake? Interesting.
For the past few years, really since the devastating 1994’s 6.7M Northridge quake, we have been fairly quite when it comes to earthquakes. Some have called it an earthquake drought.
Growing up in the area, I remember the earth shook a lot more frequently than it has recently. And there are a growing group of experts who are seeing the recent activity, starting with the twin Ridgecrest quakes in July of last year as the end of this drought.
I’m not an expert on earthquakes, but I do know we as a neighborhood are likely not as prepared as we could be should a large quake strike us. Last night’s little quake is a good reminder that we should check out food, medicine, and water supplies so that we can take care of our families for 72, 96 or even 168 hours (that’s a week so you don’t have to do the math) – with no outside help.
Let’s use this “advanced warning” of the earthquakes to come (I would expect the number of 4M and 5M quakes to increase over the next few years – but that’s just me) to check our preparedness and Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.
Want more information? Check out the Ready OC website.
Mother Nature has been kind enough to give us a gentle reminder. Will you listen?