Southern California is once again shaken by temblors. San Diego area is on the edge after what some depicted to be an “earthquake swarm”. Shattered windows and trailer homes knocked off their foundations has people in a small town near San Diego on the edge as jolts continue to occur.
At 1:57 p.m. on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. It was the largest in magnitude of the past days and had its epicenter three miles northwest of Brawley. Only an hour and a half before the 5.5 earthquake hit, a smaller one at 5.3 magnitude shook the region. While no injuries were reported, experts estimate the earthquakes will continue throughout the following days.
“The type of activity that we’re seeing could possibly continue for several hours or even days” Robert Graves, geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told The Associated Press.
It’s not the first time people in the Imperial County are faced to days of what experts call an “earthquake swarm”. In fact, Lucy Jones, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said Brawley had its share of earthquake swarms by now, seeing as it sits in the Brawley Seismic Zone. “The area sees lots of events at once, with many close to the largest magnitude rather than one main shock with several much smaller aftershocks” explained Lucy Jones.
It’s hardly something people can get easily used to. Sunday alone the little town near San Diego was hit by more than 200 earthquakes. With experts saying that’s not the end of the earthquake swarm, it’s little wonder why everybody is on the edge.
“It’s not uncommon for us to have earthquakes out here, but at this frequency and at this magnitude it’s fairly unusual” said George Nava, the mayor of Brawley, a town with a population of 25,000. “And the fact that the aftershocks keep coming are a little alarming” he added.
Mike Patel, business owner in the small city of Brawley, said “it felt like there was quake every 15 minutes” just “one after another”. “My kids are small and they’re scared and don’t want to come back inside” said Mr. Patel.
City Councilman Sam Couchman said residents of Brawley “were a little jumpy all day”. “It’s over 100 degrees, but many left their residences and stayed outside seeking any shade they could” he added.