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California earthquake LIVE: Latest update along San Andreas fault as series of shocks hit

Recent earthquakes are shown by the red dotsHere is the latest news and updates on the Californian and Alaskan earthquakes (all times in GMT).

3.30pm: Four small earthquakes hit California in just over an hour

Four mini quakes shook California in the last 80 minutes, data from USGC’s live map shows.

The last and biggest one was a 2.3 magnitude earthquake 12km west-south-west of Durham at 3.24pm (7.24am local time).

The first one to hit was near Pine Valley, California at 2.07pm (6.07pm local time).

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The red dots show earthquakes that have happened in the last two hours

2pm: Hawaii rattled by small earthquake

The latest earthquake was in Hawaii, according to UCGS data.

The 2.2 quake at 1.41pm was recorded 22km north-east of Honaunau-Napoopoo, which sits at the west side of the island.

12.30pm: Two 4.4 quakes rock Panama and Dominican Republic

Panama and Quisqueya in the Dominican Republic have been hit by 4.4 magnitude earthquakes just 10 minutes apart.

Panama, which was rocked by a strong earthquake yesterday, was the first affected with the medium-sized quake landing 54km east-south-east of Pedasi, Panama, at 12.09pm (4.09am local time).

At 12.19pm (4.19am local time) another 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck 8km north-east of Quisqueya.

The municipality is in the San Pedro de Macorís province in the Dominican Republic and is home to just under 25,000 people.

10.20am: Another tremor strikes Alaska while 5.1 quake recorded in Argentina

Seismic activity in the Alaska region is continuing with the latest earthquake measuring 3.9 magnitude hitting 264km south-east of Kodak, Alaska at 9.56am (12.56am local time).

Almost 30 small earthquakes have hit this part of Alaska in the last 24 hours as the Pacific Ring of Fire continues to be active.

A moderate 5.1 magnitude was felt 89km north-west of Vinchina, Argentina.

9.58am: Gulf of California hit by 4.2 magnitude earthquake

A fresh earthquake rocked the Gulf of Earthquake at 8.26am (12.26am local time).

Earthquake-tracking website EMSC-CSEM recorded the mid-sized tremor.

9.16am: Earthquake measuring 5.1 magnitude hits Alaska

Two mid-strength earthquakes, one 5.1 magnitude and the other 4.6 magnitude, have struck in and around Alaska over the last few hours as the region continues to be rocked by almost continuous earthquake activity.

The biggest quake struck 67km south-east of Nikolski, Alaska at 12.11am (4.11pm local time yesterday) followed by a 4.6 magnitude earthquake at 4.42am (8.42pm local time yesterday).

The most recent earthquake was 85km west-north-west of Skagway.

The 2.6 quake was at 8.42am (12.42am local time), no tsunami warnings have been issued.

Alaska has been hit by a stream of moderate earthquakes following the huge 8.0 quake earlier this week, prompting fears of a tsunami wave hitting the area and the US west coast

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California earthquake map: The star shows the earthquake in California this morning

10.15pm: Panama hit by 5.7 quake

Now Panama has been rocked by a strong earthquake with the capital city of Panama City suffering “strong shaking”.

No damage is expected and no tsunami alert has been issued.

8.45pm: Japan rocked by earthquake

Across the Pacific, Japan has been rocked by an earthquake.

The 5.2 quake hit off the coast of Honshu – the same location of a 6.2 quake earlier this week.

No reports of any injuries or damage have been reported.

7.30pm: Earthquake strikes off Alaska

Another mid-strength earthquake has struck off the coast of Alaska.

The US state has been rattled by dozens of tremors since last week’s huge 8.0 quake.

This evening a 4.2 magnitude quake struck in the Gulf of Alaksa.

7.00pm: Hawaii rattled by small earthquake

Hawaii has been hit by a small earthquake this evening.

The minor 2.7 magnitude quake struck at around 8.45am local time (6.45pm GMT).

It struck at a depth of around 3.5 miles some 200 miles away from the state capital of Honolulu.

It hit just 17 miles from the town of Hilo, which is home to more than 40,000 people.

4.45pm: Super blue blood moon should not affect earthquake, science study says

Next week’s super blue blood moon shouldn’t have any direct impact on current seismic activity in California and Alaska, according to new research.

USGC’s Dr Susan Hough examined 204 earthquakes of magnitude 8 or larger over 400 years and detected no significant patterns with lunar events.

Her paper, Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle? was answered with a single line – no.

Dr Hough’s findings, published last week, said there was some date that show an increase of earthquakes when tidal stresses were higher but these were only a “weak effect”.

The super blue blood moon takes place on January 31, with the full lunar eclipse starting its umbra (inner shadow) phase at 4.51am PT time.

4.35pm: Scientists predict California is due for huge earthquake 

With fresh earthquakes today, there are timely reminders that California is set for a huge earthquake at any time.

Robert Graves, a research geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS), suggested late last year that the Big One could be overdue by ten years.

He told Raw Story: “The San Andreas fault in southern California last had a major quake in 1857 (magnitude 7.9).

Studies that have dated previous major offsets along the fault trace show that there have been about 10 major quakes over the past 1,000-2,000 years… the average time between these quakes is about 100-150 years.”

California is located on the Ring of Fire, a huge area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.

Several earthquakes have run along the San Andreas fault line in the last few days.

4.15pm: Alaska hit by just under 50 small earthquakes in 24-hour period, UCGS data shows

A gigantic 46 quakes have rocked Alaska in just 24 hours, according to the most recent statisitics from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Although the vast majority of these were small, two of the earthquake measured 4.6 magnitude.

The first one took place at 4.42pm yesteday (8.42am local time) and the second one was at 11.25am today (3.30am local time).

Both were positioned approximately 250km south-east of Kodiak, Alaska.

3.45pm: Second earthquake measuring 2.7 magnitude felt in California

A 2.7 magnitude is the second of two earthquakes to hit California in under three hours today.

The latest quake was at 3.19pm (7.19am local time) 14 km north west of San Simeon, California.

Alaska continues to be hit with earthquakes, with the last one 236m south-east of Kodiak at 3.06pm (7.19am local time) measuring 3.6 magnitude.

3pm: Frightened residents share experiences of earthquakes

People jolted awake by the first California quake on Thursday said they felt tremors lasting for around five seconds.

One person said online: “It felt like someone was trying to wake me up by nicely shaking my bed.”

Another claimed: “The quick jolt was enough to get me out of bed and headed to a doorway.”

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