WATCH: 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles; No Damages or Injuries Reported

This map shows the approximate epicenter of Monday morning's quake near Westwood. (Bing Maps)
This map shows the approximate epicenter of Monday morning’s quake near Westwood. (Bing Maps)

A shallow, magnitude-4.4 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Westwood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:25 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5.0 miles.

There were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake was felt over a large swath of Southern California but especially in the Westside and Valley.

Local news anchors duck under desk on live TV

Quake felt over large area (6:38 a.m.)

The quake was felt over a large area of Southern California. Metro said there might be some delays due to the temblor.

Downgraded to 4.4 (6:41 a.m.)

The USGS downgraded the quake to a 4.4 magntude. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Departmentsaid there were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries. A spokeswoman from the Los Angeles Police Department also had no reports of damage.

Quake strongest on Westside, Valley  (6:46 a.m.)

The quake was felt most strongly in the Valley and Westside. According to the USGS “Did You Feel It” service, people reported feeling shaking as far east as Perris and as far south as San Clemente.

No reports of damage (6:52 a.m.)

The LAFD said it is in “earthquake emergency mode as crews survey our City by ground and air; There are NO reports yet of any quake related injuries or damage.”

‘Felt like a sudden shake’ (6:58 a.m.)

California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said there were no reports of any immediate problems on the freeways because of the earthquake. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and County Fire Department also said there were no reports of immediate damage.

“We did our initial survey and it was felt only. No reports of any damage,” said County Fire Supervisor Michael Pittman.

Stacey Dirks, the 25-year-old assistant manager at Noah’s New York Bagels in Westwood, was at work at the time and said “it just felt like a sudden shake, it was just like rapid and quick.”

No bagels fell off the shelves and “everything stayed in place,” Dirks said.

Joe Ramallo of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said that as of 6:45 a.m. there were no reports of water main breaks or power outages immediately following the earthquake. But he said crews are conducting routine safety checks after the quake to ensure their durability.

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SOURCE: Ken Schwencke, Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives 
The Los Angeles Times

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