4.5-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern California

by Halle Ames
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As of late Friday night, a 4.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Southern California, ten miles from Los Angeles. 

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit at 11:39 p.m. two miles west of El Monte and 10 miles from Los Angeles. The earthquake was also felt in San Diego, Valencia, and the San Fernando Valley areas. 

With no immediate reports of damages or injuries, residents were still fearful as buildings shook beneath them. The Los Angeles Fire Department warns people in the areas to prepare for aftershocks. 

In a tweet, they said, “If inside, when shaking starts, drop cover, hold on. Protect your head + neck while taking cover under sturdy furniture or near a sturdy interior wall, away from windows and doorways until shaking stops.”

In addition, Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology, says that the 4.5-magnitude earthquake made “a pretty good jolt” for people in Pasadena, where she was located at the time. She goes on to add that this quake was “almost the same location as the M5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987.” 

The Whittier Narrows earthquake hit on October 1, 1987, and caused nearly $360 million in damages to the community. 

Dr. Jones also tweeted that the “probability of being a foreshock dies off just like aftershocks do. One hour after the 1st quake, the change is down from 5% to 4%. By tomorrow evening, it will be below 1%.”

Only an hour southeast of Los Angeles, a 3.4-magnitude earthquake hit Lake Elsinore at 6:20 this morning. There have not been any reports of significant damages or injuries yet. 

[H/T CNN]

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