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BREAKING: Earthquake Strikes Off Coast Of Los Angeles

A moderate earthquake has struck off the coast of Los Angeles in the Channel Islands. While this quake was not super powerful, its size has many concerned at the possibility of it being a pre-quake for something bigger…

LA Times reports:

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at the Channel Islands on Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The temblor just before 12:30 p.m. was centered south of Santa Cruz Island and was felt as far away as Los Angeles, according to the USGS.

Sgt. Eric Buscho, public information officer for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, says they have received no reports of significant injuries or damage, or an influx of 911 calls, in time since earthquake struck.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 5.0 and upgraded later to 5.3.

Stay tuned for further information on this West coast earthquake.

KTLA reports:

Shaking was felt in the Los Angeles area early Thursday afternoon as an earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck off the coast in the Channel Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor hit beneath the Pacific Ocean about 12:30 p.m., at a depth of about 10 miles beneath the surface, USGS reported. It was centered about 41 miles southwest of Ventura and 85 miles west of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is in “earthquake mode” following the shaking, as is standard protocol, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas tweeted. He said units will be surveying the city.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The National Weather Service also said there was no tsunami danger as a result of the tremor.

Caltech will hold at a news conference at 1:30 p.m., which KTLA will cary live.

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