Some people have reported feeling a jerk ranging from an instant to several seconds through the area.
CARSON, Calif .– A small earthquake rocked the greater Los Angeles area on Friday night, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injury.
The 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck shortly after 7:58 p.m. and was centered near Carson, about 21 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, according to preliminary information from the US Geological Survey website. .
Its depth has been reported to be around 9 miles (14 kilometers), the USGS reported.
Some people have reported feeling a jerk ranging from an instant to several seconds through the area. This made itself felt in neighboring towns including Santa Monica, Torrance and Beverly Hills.
No problems were reported at an oil refinery in Carson.
The Los Angeles Fire Department went into earthquake emergency mode, dispatching vehicles and helicopters to patrol its 470 square mile (1,217 square kilometer) area, but said it did not ‘had received no reports of “significant damage or injury,” according to a reporting department.
Seismologist Lucy Jones told KCBS-TV that the quake “doesn’t look abnormal at all.”
“This pruning occurs on average somewhere in Southern California every two months,” she said. “When it’s in the middle of the Los Angeles Basin, a lot more people feel it and it becomes bigger news.”
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