Early Wednesday, a small earthquake shook Los Angeles, but there were no reports, authorities said.
The tremor was widespread across Southern California with Los Angeles International Airport tweeting to the airport, but LAX did not report any damage. NBCLA audiences and followers from Santa Monica, West LA, West Hollywood, Koreatown and Burbank, Whittier and Bellflower east, and Torrance from South Bay, report feeling stirred.
US Geological Survey
Minutes after midnight, the magnitude 3.7 quake happened, and it was located in the area south-west of downtown, the US Geological Survey said.
— USGS (@USGS) April 22, 2020
Los Angeles Fire Department
Nicholas Prange, the Los Angeles Fire Department, carried out a city-wide survey and did not find any damage.
#EarthquakeModeIncident; INC#0005; 12:05AM; #LosAngeles; After a magnitude 3.8 earthquake lightly shook the LA area, LAFD conducted a citywide survey to assess for any possible damage. The earthquake mode survey has concluded … https://t.co/94rLEgpjwR
— LAFD (@LAFD) April 22, 2020
The website of the USGS group monitoring received some 17,000 comments that described the shaking from moderate to low.
The quake occurred at a depth of 7.2 miles (11.6 km) just east from the Inglewood Oil Field.
Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones
I'm happy to have slept thru last night's little quake. It appears to be on the Newport-Inglewood fault, at almost the same location as 4 M3 quakes in April, May and June 2015. Those and today are all deep (~7-8 miles down), way below the oil fields.
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) April 22, 2020
“I’m glad to have slept through this small quake last night,” tweeted veteran seismologist Lucy Jones. She said the shaking seemed to have occurred at the Newport-Inglewood fault almost at the same positions as four three-magnitude quakes in April, May and June 2015.
As per Jones, while retiring from the USGS, he remains a researcher at the California Institute of Technology and has developed a center to make communities more resilient to natural disasters.
The deadly Long Beach earthquake in 1933 brought about a dramatic shift in Southern California’s thinking about earthquakes and buildings. In the earthquake of 1933, more than 100 people died.