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3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles, No Lives Damage Reported

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.

Los Angeles Fire Department

Nicholas Prange, the Los Angeles Fire Department, carried out a city-wide survey and did not find any damage.

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 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.

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