Back-to-back earthquakes jolt Orange County on Thursday

Yesterday (Thursday, June 6), two back-to-back earthquakes jolted Orange County.

Both quakes occurred on the Costa Mesa-Newport Beach border.

The first earthquake, a magnitude 3.6 temblor, occurred at 4:52 p.m. just over a mile away from Newport Beach at a depth of 7.64 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The second, an aftershock of magnitude 3.4, occurred at 5:04 p.m., a little over two miles from Newport Beach and also at a depth of 7.64 miles.

The City of Laguna Beach offers the following suggestions on preparing for earthquakes on its Emergency Management webpage:

Secure items, such as televisions and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy, breakable objects on low shelves.

Practice drop, cover, then hold on with family and coworkers. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only as far as needed to reach cover from falling materials. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.

Create a family emergency plan that includes an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated.

Make an emergency kit or purchase the Laguna Beach specific emergency kit backpack – make sure to include three days worth of water and food per person.

Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquake damage.

Download the state’s MyShake mobile application to receive early notifications of a 4.5 or greater earthquake in your area. For more information, go here.


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