4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Reported In US

By Jason Hall

April 5, 2024

Photo: USGS

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck California on Thursday (April 4), according to the United States Geological Survey.

The natural disaster was located in Belden and centered at a depth of -1.0 kilometers (-0.621 miles). A total 1,089 people said they felt the earthquake at the time of publication Thursday night, according to the USGS.

The California earthquake occurred two days after 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan. At least nine people died and more than 900 others were injured in the Hualien City natural disaster, which was the strongest to hit Taiwan in 25 years.

The Taiwan earthquake occurred hours after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Northern Mariana Islands region on Tuesday.

The natural disaster was located northeast of Saipan in the Pacific Ocean and centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles). Last week, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Vanuatu region. The natural disaster was located east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean and centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles).

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake had previously struck Vanuatu in December. The natural disaster was located about 76 miles south of the town of Isangel on the island of Tanna and centered at a depth of 30 miles.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on March 23. The natural disaster was located in Ambunti and centered at a depth of 35.4 kilometers (about 22 miles).

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