• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Series of earthquakes hits Redlands area

February 19, 2010 12:14:40 AM PST
A cluster of quakes hit the Redlands area this morning, all within minutes of each other. The fourth and largest was a magnitude 3.6. No damages or injuries were reported.On the surface everything appeared to be quite normal for a Friday afternoon in Redlands. There are more concerns about the increased seismic activity in San Bernardino County since most of these shakers appear to be in the Redlands area.

The earthquake swarm that was recorded earlier Friday didn't do a lot of damage, but made a lot of people in the area a little edgy.

The ABC7 quake cam recorded the first jolt at 11:56 a.m., measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale. It was strongest in south Redlands in the San Timoteo Canyon area.

"I woke up during the first quake," said Redlands resident Rory O'Connor. "And then during the second quake I felt everything shaking and had some plates fall over."

Robert Trujillo admits he has a phobia of earthquakes. He left his second-floor apartment for the A.K. Smiley Public Library.

"I have a huge phobia of earthquakes so I decided to get my little family out of there and come to the library, which I would imagine has a safe haven which has, which would have had a better emergency plan, evacuation plan, so we came here to play it safe," said Trujillo.

I.G. Jackson, a Redlands-area business-owner, has growing concern about the increase of shakers this week.

"We're taking up residence under the table now," said Jackson. "I think I am going to go over there to Blues because they have helmets, you know. I don't know what's going on. Why here in Redlands?"

Eyewitness News checked with the knowledgeable folks at CalTech about the activity.

"It seems like this is a very tight cluster of earthquakes, possibly indicative of an increased rate of earthquakes for the next few days in that region," said Morgan Page, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist. "We're not sure."

Page said the quake activity is along the San Jacinto fault line, where most of the activity this week has taken place. It's reminded many area residents to check their quake emergency kits.