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ML 3.8 (SCSN), Mw 3.6 (SCSN)

2.1 km (1.3 miles)

Early morning M3.8 quake shakes San Diego County

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March 30, 2002

An earthquake measuring M3.8 rolled through the Southland early this morning jarring several people from sleep but not causing any damage or injuries.

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According to the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN) the earthquake measured a Local magnitude (ML) of 3.8 and a Moment magnitude (Mw) of 3.6 occurred at 13:51 GMT or 5:51 a.m. PST, March 30, about 37 miles east of Oceanside, 11 miles northwest of Julian, and 2 miles northeast of Mesa Grande at Angle Mountain south of Lake Henshaw. See a Topozone topographic map or a MapQuest street map.

The focal depth was at 2.1 km (1.7 miles), a typical depth for earthquakes here. The preliminary TriNet fault plane solution indicated strike-slip motion along a northwest-southeast trending plane. See KNBC4-TV Seismo-Cam or waveforms data.

The earthquake was center along the Julian segment of the Elsinore fault zone. It was the strongest earthquake in San Diego County since the Borrego Springs M4.2 earthquake on January 3.

Felt Reports
The quake was widely felt in San Diego County and felt as far away as the San Bernardino Mountains and the Los Angeles basin. It jarred several people from sleep, causing windows to jiggle and glassware to rattle, but was not strong enough to topple items from tables or shelves.

Some people reported hearing the ground groan while others said the quake sounded like a fright train without the squealing wheels.

Some noticed an initial jolt then a brief shudder of the ground. Reports from the Mesa Granda area said they felt a quick, high intensity ground shudder and then it was gone.

Most people rolled over and went back to sleep.

The quake was followed by a few small aftershocks the largest of which measured M2.5.

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Report update: 10:11:45 PM, Saturday, March 30, 2002

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