Mild Quake Jolts Southern Californians Awake
REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) _ A mild earthquake jolted Southern California residents awake early today but caused no damage or injuries, authorities said.
″It was a loud bang, there was a little bit of shaking, and that’s it,″ Redlands police dispatcher Marv Klein said.
The quake, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, struck at 2:33 a.m., 3 miles south of Redlands, said Robert Finn, spokesman for the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
The temblor was felt in several cities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Redlands is about 65 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
″It was a sharp jolt,″ said Jan Wier, a dispatcher at the California Department of Forestry in Perris, 20 miles south of Redlands. ″We felt the building move, and that’s it.″
A San Bernardino County sheriff’s dispatcher in Rialto said she didn’t feel anything there, but was getting calls from Yucaipa and Loma Linda.
The Richter scale is a gauge of the energy released by an earthquake, as measured by the ground motion recorded on a seismograph.
An earthquake of 3.5 on the Richter scale can cause slight damage in the local area.