In a surprising start to the New Year, Los Angeles experienced a 4.1 magnitude earthquake earlier today. The quake’s epicenter was just off the coast of Palos Verdes, striking at 8:27 AM PT. Although centered near Palos Verdes, the tremors were felt by residents in Hollywood and Pasadena.
This seismic event adds to a series of recent natural incidents in Southern California, including last week’s occurrence in Ventura where massive waves surged over a seawall, resulting in injuries to eight people and prompting dozens to evacuate.
Fortunately, it seems the New Year’s earthquake in Los Angeles caused minimal, if any, damage. However, the situation contrasts sharply with the recent devastating earthquakes experienced by Japan on New Year’s Eve.
Japan faced a series of three powerful and successive earthquakes, with the largest registering a magnitude of 7.6. The aftermath in Japan included significant damage to roads and bridges, leading to widespread concerns. The government swiftly issued tsunami warnings, compelling over 97,000 people to evacuate, according to reports from Reuters.
As Southern California recovers from its New Year’s Day tremor, the thoughts and attention of many are with the people of Japan dealing with the aftermath of the more severe seismic activity.