The Malibu area had a rough early morning awakening Wednesday when a preliminary 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit, followed swiftly by a 3.5-magnitude jolt, shaking the area.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) , the first earthquake happened about 10 miles south of Malibu Beach at around 2 AM.
Seismologists estimate its depth was at about 9.2 miles, according to USGS.
Just seconds after the first jolt, a second earthquake was reported – a preliminary 3.5-magnitude earthquake, also 10 miles south of Malibu Beach. The depth for the second earthquake was reported at about eight miles, according to USGS.
Good morning Southern California! Did you feel the magnitude 4.2 earthquake about 10 miles south of Malibu Beach at 2:03 am? The #ShakeAlert system was activated. See: https://t.co/14WBptlPYi @Cal_OES @CAGeoSurvey @CaltechSeismo pic.twitter.com/PQHTrsy1Yk
— USGS ShakeAlert (@USGS_ShakeAlert) January 25, 2023
No injuries or damage to the built environment has yet been reported.
The USGS is asking anyone who felt the quake to submit a brief report.
Meanwhile Malibu area residents quickly took to social media to record their reactions.
— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) January 25, 2023
Some speculated if a tsunami warning would be issued (so far one hasn’t).
— Jay Lowery (@JamesMikeLowery) January 25, 2023
Others were happy to record they felt it.
Well that Earthquake was enough to wake me out of a good sleep. SHEESH!!! Malibu epicenter. pic.twitter.com/pFl9SXbs9u
— Derek K Cameron (@deekcam77) January 25, 2023
Californians have claimed that they felt tremors across Santa Monica.
Shockwaves have also been felt in Camarillo and Anaheim, according to NBCLA.
— Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) January 25, 2023
The quake comes just weeks after a 6.4 magnitude quake rocked parts of northern California.
At least two people were killed and several were left injured during that event.
This is a developing story. More to come…