On July 4th, Southern California was hit by an earthquake with a 6.4 magnitude, which was quickly followed by a magnitude 7.1 a day later.
These were the biggest earthquakes, when measured by magnitude, in twenty years.
But locals who felt the tremblors report a variety of experiences–to some, the first one felt more intense despite being smaller in magnitude.
And for Southern Californians who remember the 1994 Northridge quake, which had a magnitude of 6.7 , it is difficult to believe that the quakes felt last week were “bigger” in regards to the intensity that was felt.
Larry sits down with a seismologist to help us understand why two earthquakes of a similar magnitude can present different levels of intensity.
We also want to hear from you if you remember the Northridge earthquake or felt the tremors last week. We’re at 866-893-KPCC.
Egill Hauksson, research professor of geophysics at Caltech