Southern California Shaken by Strongest Quake in Years

Powerful 6.2 magnitude quake strikes Mindanao, Philippines

6.2-earthquake strikes off Mindanao in Philippines

Channel Islands National Park spokeswoman Yvonne Menard tells The Associated Press that bricks fells at a ranch building on Santa Cruz Island that dates back to the 1860s.

The epicenter of Thursday's quake was 6 miles below the surface 23 miles east-southeast of the Channel Islands - roughly 85 miles due west of Los Angeles.

Firefighters were also inspecting power lines, large buildings, bridges, and dams as part of their natural disaster assessments.

Veteran seismologist Lucy Jones says earthquakes of such size typically occur about once a year in Southern California. It struck near the Channel Islands, about 40 miles from Oxnard, Calif.

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Most of Santa Cruz, including the ranch area, is owned by The Nature Conservancy, which cooperatively manages the island with the Park Service.

Netizens have since taken to social media to react to the tremble.

One woman said the quake's "rolling motion" caused walls to creak and items to swing in Torrance.

It was felt across the Los Angeles area and as far away as Bakersfield.

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The natural disaster was centered approximately 15 miles southeast of the nest. Pacific Time. It was the strongest to hit the region in several years.

Capt Swindle said that during a tremor, officials at stations put out their apparatuses and fire engines so they can be prepared to respond in the event of an aftershock. "We now have no reports of damage or injuries", fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

"It is Southern California, we are quake country. We know that it's coming", Swindle said.

"Being prepared is always your best bet to help yourself".

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