Isla Vista experienced a 5.3 magnitude earthquake on Thursday afternoon, according to United States Geological Services (USGS).
USGS reported the earthquake occurred approximately 17.4 miles southwest of Santa Cruz Island, California at 12:29 p.m. The agency initially said the earthquake’s depth was 10.4 miles, but later updated figure to 6.2 miles.
Several individuals in I.V. and on the UC Santa Barbara campus reported feeling a “rolling sensation” or a “jerk” when the earthquake hit.
Samantha Herrera, second-year sociology major
Carrillo! Half the people acknowledged it, looking all around, and half the people didn’t seem to care much 🤷🏽♀️
— Quilla 🌙 (@SamHerrera97_) April 5, 2018
Matt Stahl, University Archivist
In the Library, Third Floor, Mountainside. Kind of a rolling sensation.
— Matt Stahl (@Stahlmatt) April 5, 2018
Kasey Calwell, third-year biology major
65 DP, items in our house shook, and it seemed to have some “jerk” to it
— Kasey Calwell (@kasey_calwell) April 5, 2018
Kiana Broussard, first-year biology major
In IV theatre, felt like I was on a boat. No one else reacted to it so I thought it was just me
— ten k (@kweenkiana) April 5, 2018
The earthquake most strongly hit Santa Cruz Island. The island was 14.9 miles from the epicenter, reaching intensity level “VI,” a level USGS uses to refer to incidents of strong shaking and light damage.
The earthquake impacted Isla Vista, Santa Barbara and Ventura at an intensity level of “IV,” indicating light shaking and no damage.
The Tsunami Warning Center reported there is no tsunami danger at this time.
The last major earthquake impacting Isla Vista was a magnitude of 3.8 and occurred on Jan. 6, about nine miles west of Isla Vista.