Small Earthquake Rattles In West Los Angeles

An earthquake struck near Los Angeles International Airport (Photo: Jason Kempin, Getty Images for)
An earthquake struck near Los Angeles International Airport
(Photo: Jason Kempin, Getty Images for)

A small earthquake struck the Baldwin Hills section of Los Angeles on Sunday night, jangling nerves but causing no apparent damage.

The quake was measured at 3.5 on the Richter Scale and was centered southwest of View Park and Windsor Hills, adjoining neighborhoods in the Baldwin Hills, a mostly unincorporated area near Inglewood, Calif., the U.S. Geological Service reported. It struck at 9:17 p.m. PT.

In a neighborhood north of Los Angeles International, the ground started moving and then came a single strong jolt. In nearby Culver City, some said they felt two distinct jolts. But it was clearly small: Those in southern Orange County or Hollywood said they didn’t feel it.

Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist, tweeted that the earthquake was relatively shallow — 9 kilometers below the surface.

The quake struck near one of Los Angeles’ most feared earthquake fault lines, the Newport-Inglewood Fault. In 1933, a quake along the fault devastated Long Beach, on the coast 20 miles south of Los Angeles.

SOURCE: USA Today – Chris Woodyard

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