A Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Hits So Cal During Hurricane Hilary; 6 aftershocks in the 3.0 range.
The epicenter was reported to be in the ocean SW of Ojai, Ventura County. #hurriquake trends on Twitter
August 23, 2023
As Southern California prepared for a "storm of biblical proportions," i.e. Hurricane Hilary, a small earthquake hit the sea Southwest of Ojai, California. That's in Ventura County, North of Los Angeles County. According to the USGS, which upgraded it from a 5.1 to 5.5, the temblor was felt in Northern Mexico as well.
The earthquake was felt in Santa Monica, the San Fernando Valley, and Malibu, among other areas. It started at 2:41 pm PST, and last several seconds. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Ojai residents said there were 6 aftershocks in the 3.0 range.
"A “good roller” in Simi. “Everything was shaking” in Camarillo. “Big time” in Westlake Village. These are some of the comments we’re receiving after what @USGS_Quakes says was a M5.1 quake southeast of Ojai. This as SoCal preps for major rains," tweeted Steve Steepleton.
#hurriquake trended on Twitter, formerly X. A new word, the etymology is well, obvious.