Third micro-quake shakes up Silver Lake and Echo Park

Feb 25, 2018

1.6 quake struck south of Silver Lake Reservoir | USGS

Yup. Another tiny earthquake rattled Echo Park and Silver Lake this afternoon, according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey.

This afternoon’s tremor — at least the third in a little more than a week — was a 1.6 magnitude that struck shortly before 3 pm. It was centered near the south end of the Silver Lake Reservoir, based on early readings.

The information is from automated systems and has not been verified by a seismologist.

The epicenter of today’s quake  appears to be very close to the center of the 2.3 jolt on Friday and 2.9 quake that awakened many residents during the early morning hours of Feb. 17.

On Friday, Jen Andrews, a staff seismologist at Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory, told The Eastsider that it’s very typical for quakes to cluster in the same area and time period.

In general, Andrews said, “it’s quite likely you will have another” after the first quake strikes, she said.

The quakes appear to have been generated by the same type of strike-slip faults that cause horizontal earth movement. It’s the most source of  tremors in the region.

Approximate epicenter of 2.3 quake on Friday, Feb. 23 | USGS

Approximate epicenter of the 2.9 quake reported on Feb. 17 | US Geological Survey

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