CASTAIC, Calif. – A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Santa Clarita early Saturday night at around 7:18 p.m. The tremor was initially recorded at 4.5 on the Richter scale before being downgraded just 20 minutes later.
The epicenter of the earthquake was near the Clearwater fault, which is about 15 miles north of the Santa Clarita Valley and 6 miles north of the dam at Lake Castaic.
Dr. Lucy Jones of the United States Geological Survey said on Twitter that this fault has been active recently, with its most recent activity being a 3.1 shake on Tuesday.
The greater Los Angeles area felt the quake from as far south as Glendale and Hollywood and as far north as the Antelope Valley.
No structural damage has yet been reported. According to Jones, only eight earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.2 or higher were recorded in 2014, however this shake is considered as “normal acivity” for Southern California.