4.2-Magnitude Gives “Pretty Big” Shake to Los Angeles Area

Reaction from Westwood after a magnitude-4.2 earthquake. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday June 1, 2014.
Reaction from Westwood after a magnitude-4.2 earthquake. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday June 1, 2014.

A shallow earthquake that struck the Westwood area Sunday evening was upgraded to magnitude 4.2, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The temblor, initially reported as magnitude 3.8, hit at 7:36 p.m. about 4 miles west-northwest of Westwood, the USGS said. There were no immediate reports of injuries, damage or power outages.

“It was a pretty big rattle,” said Yuri Thomas, who was in Westwood when he felt shaking.

The Los Angeles Fire Department went into earthquake mode, sending firefighters from all 106 stations across the city to check for damage. About an hour later, the LAFD said no damage had been found.

Scientists said the quake may have been an aftershock of a magnitude-4.4 temblor that struck west Los Angeles in March. They later determined that the epicenter of Sunday’s quake was too far away for the two events to be connected.

“The new location is deeper, so farther away from the stations. To create the same signal farther away, it must be bigger,” tweeted Dr. Lucy Jones.

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SOURCE:  Willian Avila 
NBC Los Angeles

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