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5.2 Earthquake Shakes San Diego, California, 450 Aftershocks Recorded

Jun 11, 2016 09:09 AM EDT
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A 5.2 earthquake shook residents of Borrego Springs, San Diego at around 5am in the morning on Friday.

The earthquake, which was centered in the desert in northeast San Diego, happened on Friday morning. The United States Geological Survey said that the earthquake occurred at around 1 a.m., adding that it was initially recorded at 5.1 magnitude, and was revised at 5.2.

The earthquake it one of Southern California's most active faultlines. The sudden earthquake resulted to hundreds of aftershocks. Luckily, public safety officials assured that the said earthquake did not cause major or life threatening damages in the area, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times

The earthquake was felt by residents from San Diego, to Los Angeles and then farther. According to Egill Hauksson, research professor of geophysics at Caltech, the recent earthquake is "the biggest one for a while."

A geophysicist explained the possible outcome of this sudden earthquake, and said that it was caused by an heavier foreshock.

"With any earthquake, regardless of size or location, there's always a possibility of something larger. Something between 2-10 percent of all quakes turn out to be foreshocks of larger quakes to come. So there's a small probability that this is a foreshock of a 6," explained Ross Stein, an earthquake geophysicist with 34 years of experience with the U.S. Geological Survey, in a report by Yahoo News.

The earthquake happened on the San Jacinto fault, which is considered to be the most active fault in the region. More than 450 aftershocks have been recorded in the area since the first strike of the earthquake.

The Los Angeles times added that the last "notable" earthquake in the area occurred in 2014, in La Habra, and it was recorded at 5.1 magnitude. However, the earthquake occurred in a different fault.

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