Moderate Earthquake Hits Santa Barbara

Temblor Centered 3 Miles West of Isla Vista

[UPDATE]: USGS readings on the 7:38 a.m. quake have fluctuated between 4.6 and 5.3, so it’s unclear right now where exactly it fell on the Richter scale. Records show it occurred 4.3 miles below the earth’s surface, and that there was a 2.6-magnitude aftershock in the same general location at 7:50 a.m. There are still no reports of damage or injuries.

[ORIGINAL REPORT]:An earthquake that registered 4.9 on the Richter scale has just hit the Santa Barbara area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it struck at 7:38 a.m. and was centered around three miles west of Isla Vista, just offshore. Emergency radio traffic suggests there hasn’t been any major damage or injuries reported. Check back for updates.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

SEC Sues Goleta Breast Implant Company’s CEO for Fraud

Hani Zeini allegedly concealed information and misled investors.

Goleta Woman Arrested in Hope Ranch for Prowling

Christen Aceves was also wanted for unlawful possession of a bird of prey.

Man Talked Down from Goleta Overpass

The 48-year-old had tied himself to a sign support.

Get Oil Out Founder and Dolphin Sculptor Bud Bottoms Dies

He was a true man-about-town and an engaged public citizen.

Plastic Bags? Throw ’Em Away

Santa Barbara County makes recycling rules tougher in face of exacting standards.