MALIBU—On May 14, an earthquake measuring at a magnitude of 3.9 hit parts of Southern California, including Oxnard and Malibu, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The areas affected were Oxnard, Malibu, Casa Conejo, Camarillo and the Los Angeles Civic Center. The small earthquake struck nine miles east-southeast of Port Hueneme. No incidents of damage or injuries were reported.
The U.S.G.S. website reports that the tremor occurred at 8:19 p.m. at its epicenter in the Channel Islands Region of California. It measured at a depth of 16.9 kilometers, (or 10.5 miles).
The U.S.G.S. encourages those who feel a tremor in their area to report the incident to earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/ci/10666645/us/form.en.enabled.html. The website also provides earthquake safety and preparation measures to residents, such as what to do before, during, and after the event of an earthquake. Seven steps to earthquake safety are also listed at earthquakecountry.info/roots/seven_steps.html, which outlines the following steps:
1) Secure it now!
2) Make a plan.
3) Make disaster kits.
4) Is your place safe?
5) Drop, cover, and hold on!
6) Check it out!
7) Communicate and recover!
For additional details, please visit earthquake.usgs.gov/prepare/.