Magnitude 3.2 earthquake strikes near Chatsworth several hours after another tremor

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A map from the Los Angeles Times shows where an earthquake occurred at at 2:45 p.m. on May 3, 2020, in Los Angeles, according to the USGS.
A map from the Los Angeles Times shows where an earthquake occurred at at 2:45 p.m. on May 3, 2020, in Los Angeles, according to the USGS.

A magnitude-3.2 earthquake struck near Chatsworth Sunday afternoon following another tremor in the area earlier the same day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was recorded at 2:45 p.m. less than half a mile from Chatsworth, 4 miles from Canoga Park and about 7.6 miles from Simi Valley, USGS officials said in an alert.

Earlier, the Los Angeles Times’ Quakebot, a software application that records tremors in the region, had indicated the earthquake’s epicenter was just one mile from Simi.

Several hours earlier, at 3:19 a.m., a magnitude-3.3 quake was recorded by USGS less than half a mile from Chatsworth. It was 4.1 miles from Canoga Park, 4.5 miles from Northridge and 7.5 miles from Simi Valley.

About an hour after the Sunday afternoon quake, renowned seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones tweeted about its possible correlation to other tremors.

“These are not Northridge aftershocks – it has been too long and the rate of quakes had gotten back down to the background rate almost 20 yrs ago,” Jones wrote. “Technically this afternoon’s M3.2 is an aftershock of last night’s M3.5.”

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