U.S. Geological Survey

5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Reported Near Santa Cruz Island

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake was reported south of Santa Cruz Island on Thursday at about 12:30 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 40 miles directly south of Santa Barbara. The shake could be felt as far as Huntington Beach. No damages were immediately reported.

A subsequent 2.7 magnitude earthquake originated 34 miles to the east of Atascadero in the Temblor Range at 1:22 p.m. this afternoon. This week’s series of shaking episodes began after 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday when a 2.7-magnitude earthquake was reported three miles off the coast at Point Conception.

An interactive USGS map showing Thursday’s 5.3-magnitude earthquake in relation to Tuesday’s quake near Point Conception.

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