3.9 Earthquake Shakes Dana Point and Laguna Niguel

Residents may have felt a weird sensation around 10:30 Monday morning in the area. The USGS is reporting a 3.9 earthquake. Where were you?

Did you feel a strange sensation Monday morning? It wasn't your imagination. A magnitude-3.9 earthquake struck about one mile west of San Juan Capistrano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake happened at 10:37 a.m. about two miles north-northeast of Dana Point and three miles south- southeast of Laguna Niguel. 

Locally, Pauline Colvin, Council Liaison/Communications Officer at said, "Yes, the quake was felt at City Hall and everything appears to be fine at this time."

Principal Tony Bogle said, "The Crown Valley  community experienced a small earthquake at approximately 10:40 AM this morning. The quake was centered in the San Juan Capistrano area and measured 3.9. The students evacuated the buildings and the site was checked for damage. All is well and the students were released back to the classrooms."

students and staff are doing fine after this morning’s earthquake, according to another message sent to parents. 

Principal Ellen Fine added that the students are also back in the classrooms and there was no damage.

Resident Tracy Buck said, "Yes, I felt it. The house creaked, and our dog Roscoe howled. Fast reporting, Deb, as usual! Thanks."

We felt it but it was very short. Nothing swayed, no pictures, etc. moved."

Another reader who goes by BBQ said, "We felt it but it was very short. Nothing swayed, no pictures, etc. moved."

Added Roy Maitland, "Crown Valley Business Park building rolled and light fixtures swayed back and forth."

Reader and blogger Valerie Burchfield Rhodes said, "My kids didn't feel it at Dana Hills High School but my 125-pound Golden Retriever wanted to jump in my lap here at my home office near LN/DP border."

The quake was reportedly felt as far away as Glendale, Riverside and Temecula.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone said there were no reports of damage, but firefighters were going through their usual protocol following an earthquake to ensure the temblor caused no other problems. Orange County sheriff's officials also said there were no immediate calls for service related to the earthquake.

Officials at Southern California Edison said the quake Orange County had no impact on the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station, which has been shut down since January for repair work.

Here is what the USGS has listed on its website:

  • 2 km (1 miles) W (259°) from San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • 3 km (2 miles) NNE (14°) from Dana Point, CA
  • 4 km (3 miles) SSE (159°) from Laguna Niguel, CA
  • 23 km (14 miles) SSE (155°) from Irvine, CA
  • 81 km (50 miles) SE (140°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA

I was standing in my kitchen, and thought it was thunder. Were you home? Did you feel it? Tell us in comments.

randy April 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Interesting. Why above San Joaquin fault?
Debbie L. Sklar April 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
@Randy: http://patch.com/A-sGXG
Debbie L. Sklar April 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
This agency is not active.
Debbie L. Sklar April 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
@PC Mama: http://patch.com/A-sGXG
Debbie L. Sklar April 26, 2012 at 03:00 AM


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