5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles LA Area as Tropical Storm Hilary Hits Area

An earthquake rattled the Los Angeles area as tropical storm Hilary hits on Aug. 20, 2023. (Credit: USGS)

On the same day Southern California braced for widespread flooding from tropical storm Hilary, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the area Sunday afternoon.

The temblor was initially reported as a magnitude 5.0, but later upgraded to 5.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake was centered in Ventura County, about 4 miles southeast of Ojai.

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The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter/X that there have been “additional aftershocks.”

“At 2:41PM, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred Southeast of Ojai on the Sisar fault,” the sheriff’s department posted. “There are no immediate reports of damage at this time.”

The shaking was felt across the region, with people on social media reporting that they felt it in Los Angeles County and Riverside County.

The combition of the earthquake and the Sunday’s rare tropical storm in Southern California caused the hashtag #Hurriquake to trend throughout the day on Twitter/X.