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Myth: The ‘Big One’ will happen in the morning
The 1999 Hector Mine quake, a 7.0 magnitude, started at 2:46 a.m.
The 6.7 magnitude 1994 Northridge quake struck at 4:30 a.m.
Despite the times these earthquakes occurred, it’s a myth that earthquakes only happen in the early mornings.
According to the Earthquake Country Alliance, earthquakes occur at all times of day. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake was at 5:54 p.m. and the 1940 Imperial Valley quake was at 8:37 pm. The 1992 Joshua Tree earthquake was at 9:50 p.m. and the 2003 San Simeon quake was at 11:15 a.m.
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