Magnitude 3.0 quake strikes offshore, halfway between Long Beach and Santa Catalina Island

The location of a magnitude 3.0 earthquake Friday afternoon
The location and shaking intensity of a magnitude 3.0 earthquake Friday afternoon in the waters off Santa Catalina Island.
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A magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Friday afternoon at 4:20 p.m. Pacific time 10 miles from Avalon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 10 miles from Long Beach, 10 miles from Los Angeles, 12 miles from Rancho Palos Verdes and 14 miles from Huntington Beach.

In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.


An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in the greater Los Angeles area, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 3.8 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is going to strike. Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit.

This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.