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Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Shakes Southern California as Tropical Storm Hilary Makes Landfall

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Southern California on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2023, as Tropical Storm Hilary was making landfall in the region. The epicenter of the quake was about four miles southeast of Ojai, California, about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury, but several smaller aftershocks occurred after the main quake.

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The earthquake occurred as Tropical Storm Hilary was bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Southern California. The storm has already caused flooding and power outages in some areas. The USGS has warned that there is a chance of more earthquakes in the region in the coming days. Residents are advised to be prepared and to stay safe.

The earthquake was felt in many parts of Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and Ventura County. The shaking was also felt in parts of Nevada and Arizona.

The earthquake is the latest in a series of seismic events that have occurred in Southern California in recent months. In July, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the region, causing widespread damage.

The USGS has said that Southern California is located in a seismically active region and that there is a high risk of earthquakes in the area. Residents are advised to have an earthquake preparedness plan in place.

The following are some tips for earthquake preparedness:

  • Have a plan for what to do in the event of an earthquake.
  • Make sure you have a first-aid kit and other essential supplies.
  • Have a way to communicate with family and friends in case of an emergency.
  • Secure heavy objects that could fall during an earthquake.
  • Stay away from windows and doors during an earthquake.

The earthquake is a reminder of the natural hazards that Southern California faces. Residents are urged to be prepared and to stay safe.

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