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Silver Lake area jolted by small quake

Approximate epicenter of quake | USGS

SILVER LAKE — Did you feel it? A magnitude 2.3 quake jolted the area this afternoon only a few days after a similar micro-quake hit near the same location.

The quake hit around 3 pm, according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The information is from automated systems and has not been verified by a seismologist.

The epicenter of today’s quake, near the 2 Freeway and Glendale Boulevard, appears to be very close to the center of the 2.9 jolt that awakened many residents during the early morning hours of Feb. 17.

Are they connected? That’s not clear but Jen Andrews, a staff seismologist at Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory, told The Eastsider that it’s very typical for quakes to cluster in the same area and time period.

In general, Andrews said, “it’s quite likely you will have another” after the first quake strikes, she said.

Andrews said Caltech has not had a chance to study today’s quake but it and the Saturday’s appear to have been generated by the same type of strike-slip faults that cause horizontal earth movement. It’s the most source of  tremors in the region.

Approximate epicenter of the 2.9 quake reported on Feb. 17 | US Geological Survey

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3 comments

  1. My kitty and I both felt it while sitting down inside house, near Kent and Alvarado. Short, minimal jolt.

    Anyone who would like to see good information on earthquakes, and have the opportunity to be part of their reporting and history, can go to https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/

  2. In 1990, shortly after I moved to Corralitas Dr we had a similarly “small” earthquake centered under the 2 Freeway, just north of today’s quake. At the time, they said it was on the “Elysian Park Fault.” The Elysian Park Anticline is responsible for the steep hills on northeast edge of Elysian Park,.

    In 1990, after that small earthquake, which felt much larger since it was directly below us, there were a lot of stories in LA Times and local TV news about the Elysian Park Fault being able to generate a 6.0. The stories focused on how a 6.0 on the Elysian Park Fault would have devastating effects on Downtown, the nearby freeways,, not to mention countless homes built before stronger building codes.

    Is the Elysian Park fault on the State recognized fault maps?

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