6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern California, Hundreds of Aftershocks Reported
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked residents nearby the California – Nevada state boarder in Lake Tahoe on Thursday. Occurring just before 4:00 PM, the temblor struck South Lake Tahoe on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada.
The scary shaker was followed by hundreds of aftershocks, some ranging in a 4.5 magnitude or higher, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Because the quake happened in the middle of the day, people were out and about. Video taken from the California – Nevada boarder showed giant boulders scattered in the road on Highway 395 near Coleville, which is a popular route through the Sierra Nevada.
Before the rockslide, a large cloud of dust could be seen filling the air.
Anytime there is a large magnitude earthquake, it increases the chances for an even bigger quake to follow it. As of Friday, there is a 6% chance or more that a larger earthquake, greater than the initial 6.0 magnitude temblor, could rock the region.
A former spokesman for the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area told ABC7 that a large “roller wave” could be seen from the north to the south end of the lake when the quake hit.
“People in the area should expect aftershocks for days following an earthquake of this size,” Jason Ballman with the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California said about the seismic event. “We’ve already seen a pretty vigorous aftershock sequence.”
California earthquake expert, Dr. Lucy Jones, tweeted about the massive shaker. Informing her audience that a quake of this magnitude can be felt as far as 100 miles away from its epicenter.
“A M~6 quake is usually felt for more than 100 miles so it is not surprising it was felt in the Central Valley,” she tweeted.
If you live in California, it’s important to be proactive about earthquake safety – as there’s a 60% probability that an earthquake measuring in the 6.7 magnitude range will occur along the San Andreas fault in the next 30 years.
And if you own a home in or around Los Angeles, it’s important to have the property inspected for earthquake retrofits.
Most older homes built in Los Angeles, especially those before 1985, are lacking the modern structural reinforcements to withstand the shaking from a large earthquake.
Luckily, earthquake retrofitting is a cost-effective solution that can reinforce a home’s existing foundation by adding extra hardware to make it more resistant to sliding off its foundation during an earthquake.
If you think your home is in need of earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!
Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.
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