A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the Channel Islands in California, and it was felt by many in Southern California, including Los Angeles.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor hit at around 12:29 p.m. local time at a depth of around 10 miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. It was centered some 40 miles southwest of Ventura and 85 miles west of Los Angeles.
Who felt the quake? We've heard from people in:
Torrance … https://t.co/t1Yzgemvkg
— KTLA (@KTLA) April 5, 2018
LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas tweeted that the Los Angeles Fire Department is in “earthquake mode” after the quake, although there were no reports of injuries or damage, KTLA reported.
Seismologist Lucy Jones, who used to work for the USGS, described the quake as “moderate” in strength, KTLA reported. “It’s a regular sort of earthquake that we expect somewhere in Southern California,” Jones said. “Magnitude 5.3 is a size that happens on average about once a year in Southern California.”
On Twitter, the hashtag #earthquake trended. Many people in the Greater Los Angeles region said they felt the temblor.
A 5.3 Magnitude #earthquake was reported of the coast of Southern California.
People fearing that "The Big One" may be next!
— Millie Weaver (@Millie__Weaver) April 5, 2018
— Cassandra Kathlee (@cassycalifornia) April 5, 2018
Weird I didn’t feel the #earthquake at all… I guess it’s because I’m so… ?rock solid? ??
— Tilian (@tilianpearson) April 5, 2018
Oh hey, #earthquake in LA. That one was mild, but it lasted a while.
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) April 5, 2018
Did you feel it? #Earthquake in West Los Angeles
— Jen Buesinger Sperry (@jenbuesinger) April 5, 2018
Not too strong but long & rolling…
5.0 Quake off the coast near Santa Barbara. pic.twitter.com/VOkozKf4Pa
— Tom Hall ☘ (@TomHall) April 5, 2018
I thought I was dizzy for a moment #earthquake
— Ashley ✨ (@lifewithashleey) April 5, 2018
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