SoCal Continues to Roll: Magnitude-3.1 Quake Strikes West of Malibu

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A magnitude-3.1 earthquake hit on the Ventura County coast Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


A magnitude-3.1 earthquake struck Thursday morning on the Ventura County coast. (Credit: KTLA)

The quake struck at 10:08 a.m. about 9 miles west-northwest of Malibu, the agency said.

It was originally reported as a magnitude-3.2 quake, but the figure was downgraded. The temblor was at a depth of 5.2 miles, according to USGS.

“My goodness that was scary. Calabasas shook like no other,” reported a KTLA employee who was in Calabasas.

The USGS ShakeMap showed that people in the area directly north of the quake felt the shaking, with reports concentrated in the Camarillo, Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks area.

The quake was felt at the Ventura County Fire Department headquarters, which are in Camarillo, fire Capt. Mike Lindberry said on Twitter.

The epicenter was in a very sparsely populated region (map) close to the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, between Yerba Buena Road and Mulholland Highway at the Pacific Coast Highway. Neptune’s Net, a seaside fish restaurant popular with motorcyclists, is nearby.

An employee who answered the phone at the restaurant said he didn’t feel the quake.

The quake comes less than a week after a 5.1-magnitude quake hit in the La Habra area and was followed by hundreds of aftershocks.

An 8.2-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday and has likewise been followed by multiple aftershocks.