A 4.4 earthquake that struck LA (epicenter near Westwood) still has many shaking their heads. Really! Turns out the earthquake that struck at 6:25 a.m. is the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008. A veritable earthquake drought!
Seismologists say Monday’s magnitude 4.4 temblor near Westwood could mark the beginning of the end for L.A.’s years-long “earthquake drought.” Typically, they would expect a 4.4-sized earthquake about once a year in the Los Angeles Basin, but that hasn’t happened for over eight years.
Significant earthquakes were far more common in the Los Angeles Basin the 1980s and the 1990s, in which the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, the 1991 Sierra Madre earthquake and the 1994 Northridge earthquake occurred. Monday’s earthquake was followed up by seven smaller temblors, with two registering as magnitude 2.5 or greater, according to USGS.