California quake doesn't shake up to earlier shakes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

California quake doesn't shake up to earlier shakes

LOS ANGELES - Today's Southern California earthquake is estimated at a 5.4 magnitude. That's less than the last big shake in the direct vicinity.

In 1987, the magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows quake heavily damaged older buildings and houses in communities east of Los Angeles. It's also far less powerful than the magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake of 1994. That killed 72 people, injured more than 9,000 and caused 25 billion dollars in damage.

California is one of the world's most seismically active regions. More than 300 faults crisscross the state, which sits atop two of Earth's major tectonic plates, the Pacific and North American plates. About 10,000 quakes each year rattle Southern California alone, although most of them are too small to notice.

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