3.6 Magnitude earthquake rattles Thousand Oaks area


By Christina Mehr

As reported by the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 3.6 earthquake took place around 7:59 on Monday morning in the north-northwest of Thousand Oaks. According to surveyed California residents, many people near the epicenter were awoken by the shaking.

Thousand Oaks resident and Moorpark College student Julia Rank commented on her experience.

“We woke up to the sound of our ceiling fan shaking, and I immediately recognized the feeling of an earthquake,” said Rank.

According to USGS, from the focus point, shaking could be felt as far south as Santa Monica and as far north as Oxnard. Cities affected by the quake include Simi Valley, Encino and Sherman Oaks. According to the USGS website, the epicenter was on Mountclef Ridge, near North Big Sky Drive and Wildwood Avenue.

Neighboring cities were able to report their experience through the USGS “Did You Feel It?” survey. Reports indicated that over 1,536 people felt the trembling of the quake. According to USGS, the hypocenter reached depths of 2.4 kilometers.

Seismologist and Chief Scientist of Dr. Lucy Jones Science Center, Dr. Lucy Jones commented on associated fault lines.

“The quake was considered too small to be associated with a major fault,” said Jones in Twitter statements. “Earthquakes this small cannot be positively assigned to a fault. The nearest mapped fault to this quake is the Simi fault.”

Moorpark College Geology Professor Roger Putnam expanded on this further.

“This quake likely happened on a fault, because that’s where earthquakes happen,” said Putnam. “But, this fault isn’t named or mapped because it isn’t exposed on the surface.”

No foreshocks were felt after the initial quake occurred and there were no reports of injuries or damage to the surrounding areas according to USGS.

In order to better prepare for earthquakes in the area, residents can visit the California Academy of Sciences website for information on preparedness and safety precautions.