Earthquakes rattle LA area

Pair of magnitude 4.0 and 3.3 earthquakes rattle L.A. area

A map showing the epicenter of an earthquake Monday in Inglewood.


A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Monday morning at 4:44 a.m. near Inglewood, less than half an hour after a smaller foreshock hit the same area.

The small quake was felt across the Southern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The 3.3 temblor that preceded it hit at 4:15 a.m. There were no immediate reports of any damage.

The earthquake was centered near the intersection of Prairie and Century boulevards. It occurred less than a mile from Lennox, less than a mile from Hawthorne, one mile from Los Angeles and one mile from Del Aire.

Earthquake expert Lucy Jones said on Twitter that the magnitude 4.0 quake was strong enough to be “felt by most people awake in LA” but noted that it had occurred “very deep” in the earth, about 12 miles down. She added it was likely not on any mapped faults. The foreshock and flurry of aftershocks occurred at about the same depth, Jones said.

A KCBS-TV news broadcast was on the air when the 4.0 temblor struck. “That was definitely an earthquake right there,” anchor DeMarco Morgan said after the light shaking. “You were not dreaming.”

The 4.0 temblor was followed by several smaller quakes in the Inglewood and Lennox area.

In the last 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in the Greater Los Angeles area, according to a recent three-year data sample.

Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is going to strike. Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit.

This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.

Published by technofiend1

Kazan- Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982

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