3.9-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles, No Damage Reported

3.9-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles, No Damage Reported
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After the massive Nepal earthquake, another with a mild intensity of 3.9 shook the greater Los Angeles area early Sunday morning. The quake was felt around 4:07 a.m. about one mile from Baldwin Hills, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The depth of the quake was about 6 miles.


The low-intensity earthquake was experienced by residents of Inglewood, Downey, South Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Hawthorne, Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles. The quake resulted to no injuries or damage, despite hitting more than 470 square miles.

“Any time the ground shakes in Los Angeles, the fire department goes into what we call ‘earthquake mode,’ and then they go out and survey their districts and that covers, actually in total, 470 square miles. So what these firefighters are serving is areas of concern, such as large places of assemblage whether that’s going to be Dodgers Stadium, or a university. They’ll look at transportation infrastructure, because we have 11 major freeways that run through Los Angeles,” Los Angeles City Fire spokesman Erik Scott said.

Los Angeles County fire departments immediately went into the affected areas monitoring the effect of the tremor.

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“This one, this morning, it’s in the same general area. It’s in the greater fault zone, but it’s showing a different type of stress. There’s a less than 10 percent chance of a large aftershock from an earthquake of this size,” said Valerie Thomas, USGS seismologist.

“At this point all that means is we live in earthquake country. There’s nothing unusual about it.”

One woman who spoke with NBC4 said she felt “a big jolt.”

Describing the action taken after the quake, LAFD spokesman Shawn Lenske said, “Firefighters rapidly leave their quarters and examine all areas of major concern,” including “Dodger Stadium, universities, apartment buildings, dams and even power lines.”