SoCal Shaken Awake


Residents of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in SoCal received an unexpected wakeup call when a 4.4 earthquake struck at 6:25 a.m. PT.


According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Pasadena, Calif., the quake’s epicenter was located in the Santa Monica Mountains near the west side of Los Angeles and the city of Beverly Hills. It measured approximately 5 miles below the surface.


“At that depth, the shaking could be felt 30 to 50 miles out,” said Robert W. Graves, a USGS spokesperson.


“We felt one shock that moved sideways and lasted a few seconds,” said Robi Zawinul of Westwood, Calif., less than 10 miles from the epicenter. “The house trembled, but nothing fell and nothing was lost.”


There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.


“My expectation would be that very little, if any, damage occurred with this earthquake,” said Graves. “This was relatively minor shaking.”


Initially reported a 4.7 magnitude, USGS downgraded it to 4.4. Three aftershocks were recorded within an hour of the first shaking. Experts say this was the largest magnitude earthquake to hit the Los Angeles area in a decade.


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