On Tuesday evening, Southern California experienced a duo of preliminary 3.0 magnitude earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The first quake shook the ground at precisely 9:37 p.m., followed by a second tremor at 9:40 p.m. These quakes were located just 0.4 miles west of Bell in Los Angeles County.
Thankfully, no immediate reports of damage have surfaced in the aftermath of these seismic events. It is worth noting that California records tens of thousands of earthquakes each year, but the vast majority of them are of minor intensity. The USGS confirms that only a few hundred earthquakes surpass a magnitude of 3.0, and merely 15 to 20 of them reach a magnitude greater than 4.0.
Within the continental United States, California ranks second to Alaska in terms of earthquake frequency. The strongest earthquake ever recorded in California’s history registered an awe-inspiring 7.9 magnitude and occurred in Fort Tejon on January 9, 1857, as per data from the California Department of Conservation.