Granada Hills Earthquake

Granada Hills earthquake struck the LA region as everyone fell asleep

SoCal was struck with two big earthquakes over summer break, that’s definitely one of the reasons why the small earthquake last week caused a ruckus amongst southern Californians. Last week, January 21st, on Tuesday at 11:41 pm, a 3.6 magnitude earthquake from the center of the quake being Granada Hills, woke up all of the San Fernando Valley as everyone was falling asleep. 

Over 3,000 people reported feeling the earthquake from various parts of the San Fernando Valley. Although the earthquake caused worry amongst people in LA, The Los Angeles Fire Department stated there were no reports of damage. If you want to put it on the Richter scale, I’d say the earthquake was around a 4 or 5 on the scale, from moderate sudden to a strong sudden.

After the two big earthquakes hit southern California in July, everyone jumps from the thought or feeling of one in worry of the “big one” from the San Andreas fault line. After the earthquake, it was reported that besides the San Fernando Valley, the shaking was felt in Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, the Hollywood Hills, downtown L.A., the San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita, and Ventura County. 

It’s crazy how such an earthquake with such a small magnitude could cause an entire region to shake. It makes you wonder what really big ones like in other countries feel like, or the “big one” that’s supposed to hit. 

There’s an average of five 3.0 to 4.0 earthquakes in the Greater Los Angeles region per year, which is to be expected. I think the average has gone up over the past few years.

Earthquakes hit SoCal more frequently than they should, but at the end of the day, we’ll be fine.

Written By: Susan Simonyan