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.”