YUMA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — It was a sleepless night for many people across the Yuma region who were awakened by sudden shaking. A 4.8 earthquake struck Southern California just after midnight on Monday. The epicenter was registered as El Centro, California.
“I felt it twice, the first one was like a little jerk, and the second a little lighter than that,” said Jerrie Otte, Yuma Resident. “It just felt like everything was shaken, a little bit, but that was it just for a few minutes,” said Carmela McMcall, Yuma Resident.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there have been a series of earthquakes since the first one struck. Some of them have been felt throughout San Diego and the Yuma region.
A geology professor at Arizona Western College said since Yuma is close to Southern California and its fault lines, it falls into a seismic wave zone, which means Yuma can feel the ripple effect from a quake miles away.
“So if you were on the phone with somebody who lived in Imperial, California, at the time the earthquake occurred and they say wow there’s shaking going on, you wouldn’t feel anything for about 50 seconds,” said Fred Croxen, AWC Yuma professor.
No major injuries or damages were reported in the Yuma area.
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