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Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Light 4.4-magnitude earthquake hits near Los Angeles

Los Angelenos were awaken this morning by a “light” earthquake that hit just six miles from Westwood, according to the US Geologic Survey today.

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The quake occurred at 6:25 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5.0 miles.

There were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake was felt over a large swath of Southern California but especially in the Westside and Valley.

Residents of the Hollywood neighborhood said they were shaken by the quake, which lasted just a few seconds. Burglar alarms went off but there did not appear to be any damage in the area.

A likely aftershock of 2.7 magnitude was felt about one hour later.

A earthquake that registers between 4.0-4.9 on the Richter scale is considered Light. The typical effects include noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises. Felt by most people in the affected area. Slightly felt outside. Generally causes none to minimal damage. Moderate to significant damage very unlikely. Some objects may fall off shelves or be knocked over.

 

 

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