Los Angeles was rocked by a magnitude 3.2 earthquake.
The tremor occurred at 1:15 a.m. local time (9:45 a.m. GMT) at a depth of 7.5 miles (12 km), according to the US Geological Survey. Its epicenter was in the western region of Athens, south of the city.
Residents said they felt the ground shake, with some tweeting that they had been awakened by the quake.
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“It was unpleasant,” wrote one. “Mainly because it was near my area.”
Another said: “I jumped out of bed and woke everyone up just in case.”
âI felt a strong shake in downtown LA,â another tweeted.
Minor tremors regularly serve as a reminder of the likelihood of another strong earthquake in Los Angeles, which was devastated by a deadly 6.7 magnitude earthquake in January 1994
In 2008, the US Geological Survey found that there was a more than 99% chance that an even stronger earthquake would hit California, which sits on the San Andreas Fault, over the next 30 years. The report warned that this type of earthquake could kill 1,800 people, injure 53,000 and cause damages of $ 214 billion (Â£ 162 billion).
No damage was reported after Friday’s earthquake, but it raised fears of a more serious earthquake.
âHonestly, I thought it was going to be the biggest,â Cinthia Gomez said on Twitter. Lacey Noel replied, “Same. I feel like it’s not over yet.”
A low magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Thursday near Anza, California, about 140 miles from Los Angeles.
In October last year, a gust of more than 140 small tremors under a lake near the San Andreas Fault raised fears of a massive earthquake.
âAnytime there is significant seismic activity near the San Andreas Fault, we seismologists get nervous,â said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at the time. “We recognize that the likelihood of having a large earthquake is increasing.”
In 2015, Los Angeles introduced new regulations requiring approximately 14,000 buildings to be renovated to withstand violent tremors.