posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 05:26 PM
Residents of Los Angeles were shaken by an Earthquake that registered 5.1 on the richter scale at 12.15 pm today. The earthquake struck 85 miles
northwest of Los angeles in Maricopa, which is 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield, a known San Andreas fault hotspot. The quake was felt in downtown
Los Angeles but so far there has been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, a Kern County Sheriff's Department supervisor said. A spokesman for the Los Angeles city fire
department said he received no damage reports.
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California has been rather quiet seismically in light of all the recent of activity around the so called 'pacific ring of fire'. The San Andreas
fault is one of the worlds most unstable earthquake areas with the pacific plate overlapping and sub ducting a series of smaller plates. Volcanoes
including Mt St Helens to the North have also reported increased activity since the December Indonesian quake and subsequent Tsunami.
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[edit on 16-4-2005 by Mayet]