Environment & Science

4.8-magnitude earthquake shakes near Big Pine

A screenshot from KPCC's Earthquake Tracker displaying the center of a 4.8-magnitude quake that shook Big Pine on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.
A screenshot from KPCC's Earthquake Tracker displaying the center of a 4.8-magnitude quake that shook Big Pine on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.
KPCC Earthquake Tracker

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake shook at 3:04 p.m. approximately 6 miles west of Big Pine, according to KPCC's Earthquake Tracker, which uses data from the United States Geological Survey.

The 4.8 shake was followed by a 4.3-magnitude aftershock, which staff seismologist at CalTech's Seismology Lab Jennifer Andrews said was an expected size. She said that more aftershocks are expected, but that they'll be smaller over time. 

Andrews said that in California, after an event like the 4.8 quake, there's a 5 to 10 percent chance that a larger earthquake could occur.

Andrews said that the earthquake was in a seismically active area, with the Owens Valley Fault nearby. For California, however, she said that this is classified as a small earthquake.

For more information about seismic activity, visit KPCC's Earthquake Tracker.