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Two Small Earthquakes Strike Near Isla Vista

Both Occurred Seven Miles West of I.V. Wednesday Night


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday evening, two small earthquakes shook the seabed seven miles west of Isla Vista. Both microquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), were less than 3.0 in magnitude and occurred virtually in the same location.

The first tremor, measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale, struck at 7:29 p.m. at a depth of 6.8 miles under the earth’s crust. The second, measuring 2.9, occurred at 9:30 p.m. at a depth of 4.1 miles.

Although the microquakes were felt by a number of Santa Barbarans, no damage or injuries were reported.

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