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| Saturday, Jan 3, 2015

Castaic was rocked by a 4.2-magnitude earthquake Saturday at 7:18 p.m.

It was initially reported as 4.5 but was downgraded about 40 minutes later.

The shaker hit 6.6 miles north of the Castaic Lake dam at a reported depth of 8.9 km (about 5 miles).

It was preceded by a 3.0 shock at 6:58 p.m. and followed by several aftershocks, the largest measuring 2.5.

A considerably smaller quake hit roughly the same area Tuesday afternoon. That one had a reported magnitude of 3.1.



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  1. What does the depth mean in terms of the severity of a quake? Anyone? :)

  2. Felt pretty good here in AV.

  3. I thought the deeper it is, the less it’s felt

  4. Definitely felt it here in Sand Canyon.

  5. Shook my house pretty good in Lancaster

  6. There were two jolts here too in Saugus.

  7. Michael the deeper one was felt in Lancaster while the more shallow one wasn’t. It also depends on how strong it was.

  8. I felt it – one big jolt and shook my place good here in Valencia.

  9. David Potter David Potter says:

    There was a 3.0 about 20 minutes before this one, very close to the same epicenter. I sort of felt/heard it, but didn’t bother to look it up until the 4.5. I encourage people to do the “Did you feel it?” survey from the USGS site.

  10. psh, you call that an earthquake. come at me.

  11. I’m in Castaic Junction. I felt one large jolt at the beginning of the 4.5. I didn’t feel the 3.0.

  12. had about a 3 second shake here in Acton. I heard it coming through the hills – thought it was the wind at frist, until we started shaking.

  13. David Borow David Borow says:

    The deeper the quake the less it’s felt. As well as the damage.

  14. Only 5 miles deep- sheish.

  15. Mike Bryant Mike Bryant says:

    Mary, you all okay?

  16. Vicky Hull Vicky Hull says:

    My pop felt it in Palmdale too

  17. Terry Roque..Jennifer Ortiz. .Laura Tellez

  18. Felt it in the Kern Valley!

  19. Oh boy, I am not ready for this.

  20. Bob Buechner Bob Buechner says:

    Northridge quake was 10 miles deep….

  21. Dawn Mahan Dawn Mahan says:

    Good Rumble & Shakin for 7-10 seconds next to Lombardi Ranch on Bouquet

  22. Nora Morales Nora Morales says:

    Felt it in Tehachapi

  23. Didn’t feel the first one, but the SECOND really rocked our RV….

  24. Mike Weaver Mike Weaver says:

    I didn’t feel anything here in canyon country

  25. SAT 7:58PM – Castaic quake downgraded to 4.2

  26. Be safe my dear friend.

  27. Terry Roque Terry Roque says:

    I didn’t feel it. . It was closer to you Silvia Echeverria

  28. As of 8pm there have been 8 aftershocks from the 4.5 quake, ranging in size from 2.4 to 1.0.

  29. David Devlin David Devlin says:

    Didn’t feel it at Sam’s Club

  30. Didn’t feel a thing. Canyon country

  31. Ja D Jones Ja D Jones says:

    Calm down. The wind blew harder the other day.

  32. Felt it and heard it in Agua Dulce

  33. It felt hard in canyon country.

  34. It rocked? Didn’t even feel it! Lol

  35. Brian Beedle Brian Beedle says:

    Anyone know the distance to the San Andreas fault from there? Just curious…

  36. Pabloe Pando Pabloe Pando says:

    I was working out doing some squats. .I thought I made the place shake hitting my max..guess not

  37. Husband felt it in valencia

  38. Jodie Pieper Jodie Pieper says:

    Shook my bed pretty hard here in Castaic

  39. Soo cray…didn’t feel it and I was in castaic yet my sis and parents felt it in north Valencia

  40. Felt 1 in canyon country

  41. Nano Nancy Galloway Mowry

  42. Lake Hughes felt it, my house sits directly on top of the fault line, it was about 10 miles away as the crow flies.

  43. Karen Keith Karen Keith says:

    Heard it more then feeling it in PALMDALE

  44. Sitting on my back patio in cyn ctry. Felt 1- pretty good jolt.

  45. I didn’t feel it here

  46. Jeri Cook Jeri Cook says:

    I didn’t feel a thing!!!

  47. The map says it happened on January the 4 th 2015 isn’t today the 3 rd

  48. Leisa Dott Leisa Dott says:

    Stay safe my Santa Clarita/Castaic lovies…..oxoxox

  49. I felt it!!! I’m in saugus….didn’t feel horrifying, but I also went through the 7.5 in landers. Easy money. Just stay safe incase something crazier happens. It’s not THAT big of a deal ;-)

  50. Didn’t feel a thing in Ohio!

  51. Yes….living in Castaic is SO exciting! !

  52. Didn’t feel it in Canyon Country

  53. Felt it in West Palmdale…

  54. Jean Stevens Jean Stevens says:

    Does that mean the pass has rocks on the i/5?

  55. Zachary Antinelli you were right!!

  56. Zachary Antinelli you were right!!

  57. David Kelley David Kelley says:

    My jelly jars were rattling

  58. David Kelley David Kelley says:

    My jelly jars were rattling

  59. Felt in Simi, as friends reported.

  60. …and we are all doing fine up here in Castaic…no worries. :)

  61. …and we are all doing fine up here in Castaic…no worries. :)

  62. Well seems like the magnitudes are increasing with each quake. Be safe and alert folks!

  63. Well seems like the magnitudes are increasing with each quake. Be safe and alert folks!

  64. Zoe Davis Zoe Davis says:

    I’m sorry folks I use to live on Ferguson Rd I miss it there you all stay safe and be careful

  65. Which is approximately 25 miles from the San Andreas Fault… Just saying

  66. It hit hard and fast! Gave us a bit of realty to make sure we have what we need!

  67. I never felt anything… But the dog was acting crazy.

  68. kaalah says:

    I live in Castaic and i didnt feel it i heard it. Stuff fell off my shelf n wondow shook almost like it was just windy out side

  69. This maybe California’s year that everybody been talking about since I was a little girl an that’s been along time ago. Nevada maybe ocean front property before we no it just saying folks.

  70. A shallow depth means you can feel more shaking at the surface!

  71. Lol called my family they didn’t feel a thing lol

  72. Vincent Bush Vincent Bush says:

    Didn’t feel it on the western side of The Yellowstone Caldera.

  73. Adam Arizpe Adam Arizpe says:

    Danger.danger.danger..stay safe..

  74. Lyra Done Lyra Done' says:

    I know those earthquakes are scary. But I would trade. I hate Tornadoes! We’ve had Tornadoes all around us here in Alabama. Most people do not have basement houses, so there is no where to run. Just get in closet and hope for best.

  75. Micheala Johanson says:

    Not me. I survived the Northridge Earthquake and it has stayed well encased in my mind. We have Tornadoes here in Ohio and in Minnesota where I lived for a long time. We also had Tornado warnings, bad skies, change in the temperatures, etc. In other words Tornado weather. With the Northridge we had no earthquake warnings. If we ever have an earthquake like the early San Francisco earthquake we shall never forget it in out lifetime.

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