A Look Back: 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes California

Earthquake Shakes California Residents

Credit: Michele Hogan


This is Tiffany Spencer, intern for WVUA’s weather team. I wanted to post a summary, looking back at the Earthquake to strike California this week. On July 29, 2008 around 11:42am, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California, leaving buildings shaken and damaged, and fortunately, no one injured. The only damage that was reported was of buildings being shaken and grocery products being cleared from shelves by the moderate disturbance. This has been the largest earthquake in California since 1999. The earthquake’s epicenter was near Chino Hills, California, and was felt as far as San Diego, California, by residents in the area. Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger said that he is glad that no one was hurt and the earthquake only reminds residents to be prepared. Afterwards, buildings and railroads were inspected for safety, local theme park rides were shut down, and levees were checked for leaks. The only problem that was found was a water main break. According to the Uniform California Rupture Forecast, there is a 99% chance that California will experience another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 or larger within the next 30 years.

Tiffany Spencer
WVUA weather

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