4.4 magnitude earthquake hits LA area

By Michelle Kapusta,

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Los Angeles area on Monday.

The tremor struck at 6:25 a.m. local time and startled CBS 2 Los Angeles anchors during the morning newscast. The reporters immediately turned to the station’s seismograph for information.

The U.S. Geological Survey noted that the quake was centered about 6 miles north-northwest of Westwood and about 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a 2.7 quake, which was likely an aftershock, was recorded about an hour later in the same area.

The quake could be felt in four Southern California counties. Many residents were still asleep at the time and described the jolt as a rude awakening.

There were no reports of damage or injuries as a result of the earthquake.

Geophysicist Paul Caruso said that significant damage or casualties generally are not expected with earthquakes weaker than a 5.5 magnitude, though results do vary by region and often depend on construction codes and the types of rock that exist underground.



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