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Four recent earthquakes hit off Laguna Beach coast

Four earthquakes have now struck off the coast since Wednesday morning, June 5. Three quakes were reported Wednesday, with a fourth coming early Thursday morning.

The first of the quakes came at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday, having an epicenter 37 miles from Avalon and 64 miles from Laguna Beach. Two more came later in the day near the same spot. All were at a depth of around 4.35 miles.

Then at 4:25 a.m. Thursday, a magnitude 3.5 was recorded in the same area near San Clemente Island.

There were no reports of damage. 

Four recent earthquakes hit map of Pacific

Courtesy of usga.gov

The City of Laguna Beach offers the following suggestions for residents on how to prepare prior to an earthquake disaster:

Secure your space:

--Move furniture like bookcases away from where people sit, sleep, or spend a lot of time. Move heavy objects to lower shelves and away from doors.

--Identify heavy items that will move like TVs, computers, bookcases, refrigerators, water heaters, etc. and anchor them to wall studs using straps. Hang mirrors and pictures on closed hooks. Prevent smaller objects from falling by using museum putty or wax. Install latches on kitchen cabinets.

Make a plan:

--Create an earthquake plan and determine what each person in your family or household will do before, during, and after a quake.

--Identify safe spots in each room at home, work, and school, such as under study desks and tables.

--Plan templates are available at: www.lagunabeachcity.net/getprepared.

Get disaster supplies:

--Everyone should have a personal disaster supply kit to sustain them for at least one week. Keep them where you spend most of your time so they can be easily reached.

--Laguna-specific emergency kits are available through the city for $50 apiece here.

Protect your finances:

--Organize important documents in a go-kit that includes copies of ID, insurance cards, etc.; a list of emergency contacts; photos/videos of belongings in your home (create a spreadsheet of valuable items with estimated value and serials numbers – this will help you file an insurance claim – put them on a thumb drive if possible). 

The city also recommends residents sign up for important Nixle Alerts by texting 92651 to 888777 or visiting https://local.nixle.com/register/.