California Earthquake

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The San Andreas fault runs across this field on May 19, 2015 in Parkfield, Calif. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Wednesday, the sixth of January, an earthquake shook the inland of the Southern region of California. The earthquake is said to have had a magnitude of 4.5 and started around 6:40 a.m. Its center was one mile deep and only two miles from a town named Banning, leaving it eighty-five miles away from Los Angeles. The California region is very familiar with earthquakes, especially ones that range from 4.0 to 4.9. One of the most devastating earthquakes in California happened in 1989 and took the lives of sixty-three people and destroyed the Bay Bridge with a magnitude of 6.9. However, that one is not even the highest magnitude earthquake recorded along the San Andreas Belt! Luckily, a police department in Riverside County said that there had not been any calls of serious damage or injury during the quake, but says that the earthquake was definitely felt.

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