The 6.4 trembler centered about 162 miles of the southwest coast of California, while the 6.1 quake struck 88 miles off the coast — roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Diego.
The earthquakes occurred about 15 seconds apart at 2:36 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, or 5:36 a.m. EST, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Friday.
It said the quake was recorded at a depth of 6.8 miles.
Right before this report was published report coming into our newsroom say that another 5.1 quake hit near Avalon, California.
This just in: The US Geological Survey have confirmed that only one quake occurred. The second quake was simply a false positive. However, the strong quake hit far off the California – Baja California coast, it was a 6.4 at a depth of 10km and 262km from land, the second false positive was at first believed to be a 6.1 at a depth of 11 km and closer, but it never happened.
Theorical calculations from the USGS are showing that 1,735,000 people would have felt a IV shaking on the mercalli scale (light shaking) for the second earthquake, this shaking includes the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Long Beach, California; and a II-III (Weak shaking) for at least 9 millon people including the cities of Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Riverside.
This earthquakes are harmless and should create minor to no damage, a tsunami can’t be generated.
Another update adds that following the quake, some reports coming from the USGS including a 3.5 Magnitude in Utah and a 4.2 in Southern California, were also false positives again meaning that they didn’t actually happen and were only a computer generated report.