Watertown native describes moment earthquake hit Southern California

Watertown native describes California earthquake

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, C.A. (WWNY) - As a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California Friday night, north country natives there could feel the shockwave.

One of them is Watertown native George Coutoupis who lives in the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles area. It’s around 150 miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter in the Mojave Desert.

Coutoupis said he felt the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on the Fourth of July, but Friday night’s stood out.

“I was just relaxing and I was getting up and I just felt this swinging going on," Coutoupis said. "It kept going. I thought wait a minute. It must have been at least a half a minute long. And usually within 5 to 10 seconds, that’s it, but this kept going.”

Coutoupis said the worst earthquake he had been through was the one that hit the Los Angeles area in 1994.

He said he didn’t feel as threatened with Friday night’s as the one then.

“I didn’t feel endangered, but it felt really annoying. Like, what is going to happen next?” Coutoupis said.

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