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Mild quake hits near Newhall

Seismic analyst reminds residents to be ready for the big one

Posted: November 9, 2012 1:34 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2012 1:34 p.m.

A mild earthquake rocked the Santa Clarita Valley early today, a reminder — says one seismic analyst — for residents to get ready for the big one.

The magnitude 3.2 quake struck at 3:39 a.m. about four miles southeast of Newhall, said Anthony Guarino, seismic analyst for the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

It was felt over a wide area of the Santa Clarita Valley and was followed by two small aftershocks, a 2.1-magnitude quake and a 1.6-magnitude quake, Guarino said.

With about 30 earthquakes a day in Southern California, the morning shaker was far from uncommon, Guarino said, adding that the Santa Clarita Valley is particularly prone to earthquakes because many faults come together here and it’s not far from the San Andreas Fault, which he said has “little splay-off faults.”

Minor shakers are a good reminder to residents to be prepared for a larger quake, such as the San Fernando earthquake in 1971 or the Northridge earthquake in 1994, he said.

Residents should have three days to two weeks of food and water stored, along with necessary medications and other supplies and a means of contacting family members if an emergency hits, he said.

Seismologists advise residents to tie a pair of shoes to the side of their beds so they can find them in event of a quake, he added.

“One of the most common injuries we saw after the Northridge earthquake was cuts on the bottoms of people’s feet” due to trying to get out of buildings barefoot over broken glass in the dark, Guarino said.





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