With our hypervigilant attention to wildfires over the past several years, a 3.5 magnitude earthquake that jolted the Los Angeles area on Inauguration Day, January 20, was a mere bump and gone, but it reminds us that we live in earthquake country. Maybe itâ€™s time for us to review our emergency plans for earthquake preparedness.
This one was centered about a mile west of Willowbrook at 8:35 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones (drlucyjones.com)
, one of the most trusted public authorities on earthquakes, said this one was â€śnear but not on the Newport-Inglewood (NI) fault. The mechanism which maps the direction motion at all the seismic stations, shows the ground moved up and down; the NI fault moves sideways.
Jones is founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. She is the author of the book, â€śThe Big Oneâ€ť (Doubleday, April 2018)
, and is also a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984.
There are earthquake apps available but too many to mention all. To name a few: ShakeAlertLA, Early Earthquake Warning App; LastQuake; and American Red Cross.
Earthquakes can happen anytime, anywhere. The best time to prepare for an earthquake is before it happens.