The second earthquake in a week was felt in Three Rivers. And while there are many similarities —day, time, and distance — experts said the quakes are not connected.
The first quake, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, struck at 3:04 p.m. and was centered in Big Pine, 63 miles northeast of Three Rivers. It had a magnitude of 4.8. The Big Pine quake was rated as shallow by geologists, about 10 miles deep into the Earth’s core.
The most recent temblor occurred Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 4:02 p.m. and was centered near Wasco, 64 miles southwest of Three Rivers. Wasco is a small incorporated farming city on State Routes 43 and 46, between Interstate 5 and Highway 99, in the Tulare Basin portion of the San Joaquin Valley.
The quake measured on the Richter scale as 4.9. This was a slightly deeper quake, about 12.5 miles beneath the Earth’s surface.
Earthquakes in the Central Valley are rare. There is not a major fault line near Wasco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and it isn’t a highly active seismic area.
The USGS also reports that there is no connection between to two quakes. This is California, after all.
What’s in store for the future? It’s anybody’s guess, so be prepared. There is no scientific way to predict an earthquake.