Aug 29, 2012
In the last 72 hours, more than 500 earthquakes have shaken, rattled and rocked Southern California, terrorizing millions convinced that The Big One is coming.
Today's latest temblor hit the Orange County city of Yorba Linda with a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale on day #3 of an apparent Southern California Quake-A-Thon.
An earthquake with a magnitude 5.4 struck Monday immediately followed by a 4.9 magnitude quake and 25 aftershocks.
Only 90 minutes afterward, another 5.4 magnitude temblor struck the same area around the Salton Sea near the San Andres Fault with many more aftershocks following.
Yet another quake shook Imperial County Monday night with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale, causing many area residents to simply camp outdoors in front of their homes in fear.
As the days progress, the earthquakes are not stopping. Some of the quakes have been felt as far away as Arizona and Mexico.
Earlier this month, a cluster of earthquakes struck Orange County.
Now epicenters are starting to shake in other areas of Southern California, as seismology experts and government officials closely monitor the mighty San Andreas Fault.
The California Geological Survey, the U.S. Geological Survey, the California governor's office and the California Emergency Management Agency are all coordinated and engaged.
For days now, local residents have been on edge after so many earthquakes. Many fear that the temblors are actually foreshocks to The Big One, though seismologists will not confirm it.
Thomas Jordan of the Southern California Earthquake Center called this week's earthquake cluster a "very active swarm" on the southern edge of the San Andreas Fault, and he said the seismic swarm could keep shaking the region for days.
Has a 2012 apocalypse begun?
CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE APOCALYPSE