Beverly Hills quakes at intersection of two faults
The shallow, magnitude 3.2 and 3.4 quakes are probably not foreshocks to a larger quake, experts say.
The two earthquakes that struck Beverly Hills and shook a good portion of Los Angeles this week occurred at the intersection of two dangerous faults.
Although both faults are capable of producing a 7.0 temblor, experts said the quakes are probably not foreshocks to a larger quake.
U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Doug Given said the quakes occurred near the junction of the Santa Monica fault, which runs underneath Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Westwood and Beverly Hills, and the Newport-Inglewood fault, which produced the deadly 1933 Long Beach quake.
The earthquakes that hit this week — a 3.2 on Monday, centered near Doheny Drive and Wilshire Boulevard — and a 3.4 after midnight Friday, centered near Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Drive — were shallow.
"As a result, they were strongly felt," Given said.