3.1M Earthquake Strikes Newport Beach Area

3.1M Earthquake Strikes Newport Beach Area
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 shook the Newport Beach area on Sunday.


According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s incident page, the temblor was centered about 3 miles east of Newport Beach, 3 miles south southeast of Costa Mesa and 7 miles southwest of Irvine. The temblor, which struck at 3:22 p.m., was felt by more than 1,650 residents in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine and beyond.

Google Maps suggests that the earthquake, which occurred at a depth of 4.3 miles, struck close to the 900 block of North Bayside Drive, in Lower Newport Bay. KTLA reports that it is near the Newport Beach Country Club and the Fashion Island mall.

According to NBC Los Angeles, an aftershock with magnitude of 2.4 struck the same area.

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Nady Russell, who lives along the Newport Coast, said, “Felt like a truck hit our house but it was quick. Our dog went crazy barking.”

No injuries have been reported. According to a tweet by the Costa Mesa Fire Department, all stations were conducting a “windshield survey” in their areas.