Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

5.3-magnitude quake rocks Los Angeles area

5.3-magnitude quake rocks Los Angeles area

A magnitude 5.3 natural disaster was felt throughout many parts of Southern California Thursday afternoon.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department told local media outlets there have been no reports of damage.

The Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific has not issued a tsunami alert.

The Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode" following the quake, meaning units will conduct surveys of their areas of the city to check things such as power lines, dams and transportation infrastructure.

Earthquakes of such size occur about once a year in Southern California, according to veteran seismologist Lucy Jones, recently retired from the USGS.

Asked was it likely to follow typical aftershock patterns, Hough said "We can never count on earthquakes to obey the averages" but said that they did expect an aftershock pattern, most likely peaking in the magnitude 4 range.

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Shaking was reported by residents in areas such as Tarzana, San Dimas, Long Beach, Pomona and Torrance.

Los Angeles police were also making checks of "infrastructure and critical locations".

LA's National Weather Service has said there are no tsunami warnings in place as of yet. LAFD officials said firefighters found no damage during the survey, which was done in the air and on the ground, and no injuries were reported.

A massive 6.2 magnitude quake struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Thursday. In other words, the rate of a magnitude 8.0 or greater natural disaster is once per 494 years.

Shortly after the quake, the Los Angeles Fire Department went into natural disaster mode.

Officials at the Orange County Fire Authority were not aware of any earthquake-related damage in the area it serves.

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