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3.5M Quake Sends Tremors Across LA, No Damage Reported

3.5M Quake Sends Tremors Across LA, No Damage Reported
Downtown Los Angeles Kevin Stanchfield / Flickr CC BY 2.0


3.5M Quake Sends Tremors Across LA, No Damage Reported

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On Sunday, an earthquake measuring 3.5 magnitude on the Richter scale occurred a half-mile from View-Park Windsor Hills in South Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The event occurred at 9:17 p.m. Pacific time and was at a depth of 6 miles.

The epicenter was calculated to be near the Baldwin Hills oil wells and the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, which is eight miles west of downtown LA. The earthquake sent tremors across swaths of Southern California.

Another earthquake of 2.5 magnitude, the epicenter of which was not far, was reported at 4:35 p.m., according to seismologist Lucy Jones.

Dr. Jones tweeted that the seismic events occurred “near the Newport-Inglewood fault” at a depth “way below the oil fields.”

“The focal mechanism matches the Newport Inglewood fault which was producing [earthquakes] long before we were pumping oil,” she wrote.

The earthquake also gathered attention from Melanie Griffith and Kevin Hamilton on Twitter. Several other users said they felt their homes shuddering.

According to Shawn Lenske, fire department spokesman, no damage or casualties were reported after the strategic areas across the city were inspected thoroughly the crews from LAFD stations, as reported by LA Times.

According to USA Today, the Newport-Inglewood Fault is one of the most dreaded earthquake fault lines. An earthquake that occurred in 1933 along the fault line ripped through the coast of Long Beach, 20 miles south of Los Angeles.

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