5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off North California Coast

Tyler Durden's picture

A major, M5.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of Northern California, just days after a devastating M7.1 quake hit Mexico, resulting in hundreds dead and at least 50 buildings collapsed.

While the quake was luckily too far offshore to cause any damage, the Sacramento Bee writes that after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Mexico and the following smaller quakes that shook parts of California, "the West Coast is bracing for the worst."

Time spoke to experts who pointed out that Southern California, Los Angeles and San Francisco were the most at-risk areas in the country for the next destructive quake. It’s been 160 years since the magnitude 7.9 earthquake near the San Andreas Fault, meaning a lot of pressure has built up over the years.

The Bee writes that multiple smaller earthquakes have been reported throughout the state as Mexico continues to recover and rescue victims from Tuesday’s disaster, and today's "larger" quake appears to have been a culmination of the Mexico aftermath.  A number of earthquakes were reported in the Bay Area on Wednesday, including one measuring magnitude 2.5 near San Jose, according to NBC Bay Area.

On the central coast, a magnitude 3.2 quake hit San Juan Bautista on Wednesday morning, and a magnitude 2.8 earthquake rumbled between Gilroy and Morgan Hill about 10 a.m. Thursday, television station KSBW-8 reported.


Stronger earthquakes were reported in Northern California, with a magnitude 3.8 earthquake reported in Shasta County and a 3.0 in Humboldt County.

Still, John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told SFGate the smaller quakes don’t necessarily mean the “big one” is in the near future. “It looks like normal activity,” Bellini said. “They’re all over the place. It’s not unusual.”

Increased seismic activity doesn’t typically signal an impending larger seismic event, he said.

“We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes,” Bellini said. “Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two. But we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”

Which, of course, is why California residents have been especially on edge in recent days.

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Banana Republican's picture

Just wait till tomorrow.

TungstenBars's picture

Natures revenge for voting for Clinton

Bernie Madolf's picture

Didn't feel it.

Nice doom porn tho

NoVa's picture

"The quarterback is toast "



MagicHandPuppet's picture

Dear Planet Earth,

A little more to the right.  thhhhhank you :p

Manthong's picture


Hmm.. Mexico had a big offshore quake two weeks before the Mexico City 7.1 shaker.

Janet might have to put on the overalls and lube up the Heidelbergs, what, with the Hurricanes and all.

If Mt Rainier starts acting up, she might want to upgrade to full-syn.


Consuelo's picture



Well, well, well ----- Hans...

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Please have a 9.7 hit San Fran. 

Then a 9.9 nail Hollywood. 

HockeyFool's picture

Libs blame global warming 3...2...1

Escrava Isaura's picture

Blame Trump.

That means that at the next election Trump will tie the popular vote instead of losing by almost 3 million.  


Scuba Steve's picture

Yea right ... and I suppose we are also to believe that your boyfriends baby batter is not in your ear?

poland spring's picture

Once again DUTCHSINSE (youtube) specifically called this a couple days ago.  Like he called the original 8.0 and the 7.1 aftershock.  The original 8.0 moved the plate 34 feet in the northwest direction and southeast.  He said watch out for major aftershocks in the northwest direction with 1 magnitude less. Bingo.  Then after that, he said specifically watch for earthquake (literally in the upper 5 lower 6 range) in upper california.  34 ft of earth movement is not small which puts pressure along the fault line.  Former volcanic spots are rumbling.


If you've watched him for a couple years, this is nothing new as he explains in great detail how earth moves and what to look for.  I don't really tout people like that, but you can see the videos for yourself if you think there is BS - its all dated.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

What does he have to say about Bitcoin?  Up or down from here?

la0508's picture

So glad someone brought up Dutchsinse. I've been watching him for some months now. He's very intellectually honest, and EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE. His earthquake predictions are SPOT ON, all over the world--and he explains his reasoning exactly, no mystery about it. I was watching for the Mexico quake--he predicted it; and for the California quake, which he forewarned us of as well (as well as many others in the past 6 mos or so). Very worth listening to.

I remember a few years ago I read that the Italian gov't was suing its own seismologists for not predicting a large quake that devastated the region and killed many. At the time I thought, 'how primitive can they be? Everyone knows you can't predict quakes!' However, since listening to Dutchsinse and understanding a little bit about his reasoning--and knowing that many Italians in the earthquake-prone regions keep track of his predictions--I understand know why the Italian gov't may have been furious with their own scientists: if Dutchsinse can predict it, why can't you? What do we pay you for?

Wild tree's picture

la, you know that they are from the government, always eager to help......Dutchsinse is kicking sand in their face, for he does know what he is talking about. I'm glad more and more people are finding out he is the real deal.

JRobby's picture

Just ridin' the crust. Ride it until an asteroid hits or nuclear incineration. It's all cyclical.

According to ancient legend the white race results from a nuclear explosion in what is now the Gobi desert some 30,000 years ago.  The civilization and techniques which made the explosion possible were wiped out.  The only survivors were slaves marginal to the area who had no knowledge of its science or techniques.  They became albinos as a result of radiation and scattered in different directions.  Some of them went into Persia northern India Greece and Turkey.  Others moved westward and settled in the caves of Europe.  The descendants of the cave-dwelling albinos are the present inhabitants of America and western Europe.  In these caves the white settlers contracted a virus passed down along their cursed generation that was to make them what they are today a hideous threat to life on this planet.  This virus this ancient parasite, is what Freud calls the unconscious spawned in the eaves of Europe on flesh already diseased from radiation.  Anyone descended from this line is basically different from those who have not had the cave experience and contracted this deadly sickness that lives in your blood and bones and nerves that lives where you used to live before your ancestors crawled into their filthy caves.  When they came out of the caves they couldn't mind their own business.  They had no business of their own to mind because they didn't belong to themselves any more.  They belonged to the virus.  They had to kill torture conquer enslave degrade as a mad dog has to bite.  At Hiroshima all was lost.  The metal sickness dormant 30,000 years stirring now in the blood and bones and bleached flesh.  He cut himself shaving looked around for styptic pencil couldn't find one dabbed at his face with a towel remembering the smell and taste of burning metal in the tarnished mirror a teenaged face crisscrossed with scar tissue pale grey eyes that seemed to be looking at something far away and long ago white white white as far as the eye can see ahead a blinding flash of white the cabin reeks of exploded star white lies the long denial from Christ to Hiroshima white voices always denying excusing the endless white papers why we dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima how colonial peoples have benefited from our rule why look at all those schools and hospitals overgrown with weeds and vines windows melted dead hand frayed scar tissue lifted on a windy street lying white voices from the Congo to Newark the ancient mineral, lie bleached flesh false human voices slow poison of rotting metal lies denials white papers The Warren Report he picked up a shirt white wash flapping in the cold spring wind Oppenheimer wipes a tear from one eye with one long finger.

William S Burroughs

tenpanhandle's picture

Keeping all the illegals from voting will accomplish the same but still, I'll root for the big earthquake.

Gead's picture

Please God - higher Richter numbers, longer duration and for goodness sakes - hit Hollywood, San Francisco hardest. And while you're at it - open a firey pit under Calexico. It'll save the Donald from having to build a bigger wall there.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

This will lead to a tsunami of DOOOOOM

Deplorable's picture

Adios California.....

sodbuster's picture

Adios Libtards. Good riddance Hollyweird!

Squid Viscous's picture

frisco fags, grab your ankles,

oh wait, you already are

Giant Meteor's picture

The Rock will drive in with a speed boat with his ex old lady in tow, and save the day ..

Fear not ..

GUS100CORRINA's picture

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off North California Coast

My response: The RING OF FIRE is looking like it is ready to show us something. The earth's poles are shifting and celestial alignments are in place creating other gravitational stresses. 

People in CA must be freaking out about right now after CA TV was airing the END IS HERE.

dot_bust's picture

The Ring of Fire is what happens when you eat hot wings. It burns on the way out, too. 

Tiwin's picture

I doubt anyone at all even felt it.

To a Californian,A 5.7 , unless youre right on top of it only causes a few nervous giggles, and back to your coffee!

Omen IV's picture

The only good California Democrat is a dead California Democrat

Go Earthquakes!

Make it happen

Omen IV's picture

The only good California Democrat is a dead California Democrat

Go Earthquakes!

Make it happen

buttmint's picture

Deplorable---spot on....

Californians have been bitching about seceding, what's the problem?

The soonest the San Adreas fault floats California over to Japan, the better!


'Joke 'em if they can't take a fuck!"

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

I'm in L.A. at the moment for work. Was woken during the week by the apartment shaking. 

The locals were all... "Meh!" 

They don't seem very well prepared for a major event. 

They also seem extremely dim-witted. Nice people... but dumb. 


BlindMonkey's picture

"They also seem extremely dim-witted. Nice people... but dumb."


Welcome to America.  First time here?

Bemused Observer's picture

Half of them probably thought it was the vibrate feature on their phones.

Bigly's picture

I lived in West Hollywood during Northridge. The house across the street knocked off its foundation. But there were others (lesser) when I was there...no big deal.

You DO get a little lackadaisical about small ones. I slept through a 5...I thought I was in a boat. ..more rocking, swaying..not violent. 5 and below (unless it is right under you) is no big thing. If in one of the high rises you sway a little like a palm tree. I guess you can say it is not HARSH at lower numbers...and people are a little apathetic.

A 6+, 7 or 8 is a different issue entirely.


Btw, I also give kudos to dutchsinse.

adr's picture

It looks like the top of the fault line is starting to move, like a zipper starting to pull away.

Big Creek Rising's picture

its a strike-slip fault, silly, no rift zone

Rjh's picture

How did they measure an earthquake as being 7.9 160 years ago? I smell shit.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Go and change your pants again. 


ZeroLounger's picture

Check the bottom of your shoes.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Warsh yer hands afore pickin yer shnoz.

Pendolino's picture

Given the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the '160 years' mentioned is bullshit, even for those brought up on Common Core arithmetic.

And if you're really bored, here's what Wikipedia has to say about the history of seismometers. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin ...