SANTA CLARITA (CBS) — A magnitude-4.3 earthquake struck four miles southeast of Newhall on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck at 1:47 p.m. five miles north of Pacoima and five miles southeast of Santa Clarita.

The shaking was felt as far as Hollywood, Malibu and parts of downtown Los Angeles, followed three minutes later by a magnitude-2.0 aftershock centered four miles north of San Fernando.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Did you feel it? Let us know by commenting below!

» USGS Earthquake Report

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Comments (114)
  1. David says:

    Felt it here at my office. Nothing major- just a quick jolt. Nothing to freak out over since we’re much tougher than those east coasters!

  2. German C says:

    Felt it down by the 5 and 110 freeways.

  3. KJ says:

    Definitely felt it here in Studio City.

  4. Dave says:

    Felt it as a sharp, quick jolt in Woodland Hills. However, my wife who was in Canyon Country didn’t feel it and didn’t even know about it until I called her.

  5. Anabelle Felix says:

    I felt like a strong jolt here in the office, but that was it. Just another Thursday afternoon for Angelenos..

  6. David Rangel says:

    Yes i felt the Earthquake here in Moreno Valley California..

  7. Bob says:

    I felt a rolling motion on the 8th floor of our Beverly Hills building.

  8. Aly says:

    Yes, we felt it very strong in Granada Hills. I was in my office and thought it was a big truck passing by our street but then it got stronger and stronger. It didn’t just roll, it really rattled the windows. I’m still a little shaky!

  9. Lucia Trujillo says:

    Earthtquake shook our dinning room table.

  10. Kathy Gerber says:

    I live in LAKE FOREST ,I saw my computer monitor sway,thought I missed lunch

  11. Lakisha says:

    OMG!! the world is going to end!!!

  12. Steve says:

    We felt it in Santa Monica, just a little shaking in our 5th floor office – enough to make the hanging lights swing back and forth for a short time. Hope that’s it for the next several years…………..

  13. Junior says:

    We felt it here pretty good in the office I wok in Encino. It was rolling quake that we felt for a good 30 seconds. All the lights in the ceiling were moving and the blinds on the windows as well.

  14. State Employee says:

    I just felt the earthquake here in Pacoima at work. cubicles started shaking but luckily noone was hurt and it was a short one.

  15. Victor D. says:

    At first I thought it was my neighbors running down my hallway but for some reason that shaking motion that I thought it was my neighbors transferred to the bathroom of my apartment (where I was during the quake). It lasted about no more than one minute. It was like I was being moved in circles while sitting on the toilet.

    Location: CSUN

  16. Swayze says:

    I felt it in Sherman Oaks. Big things swayed and I could hear the bookcases moving against the wall. It felt like vertigo sitting in my chair and not seeing anything move until I looked at the TV and it was moving.

  17. Matt Chambers says:

    Felt a quick jolt at my office in Valencia. Didn’t last very long!

  18. Andrea says:

    At my office in Encino, a strong bump with a little shaking afterwards.

  19. Kay Verner says:

    On third floor in Stevenson Ranch right by Newhall. Online when it hit. Loud and hard shaking but didn’t seem to last too long. Started to plan my next move and it was over.

  20. MIke says:

    Felt it at LAC/USC hospital in Boyle Heights area.

  21. Pat says:

    I didn’t feel it, my coworker did she felt swaying

  22. DJ says:

    Felt it here in Palms, just weak shaking but def felt it.

  23. Alma Martinez says:

    I did not feel it but here some collegues at the 22nd floor in down town Plaza. They feel it like a swing to the sides……

  24. Juan says:

    Felt it. It felt moderate. I was pretty scared. I thought it was just car but i was wrong. 😉

  25. Alex says:

    South Central, circular motion lasting about 5-8 seconds

  26. ROSIE L says:


  27. Katie says:

    The earthquake shook our chandelier and it’s still shaking here in Glendale. But our cats didn’t even notice the shaking. It was really short.

  28. Freddie says:

    Felt in Valencia at towne Center pretty much as described above,

  29. Jackie says:

    We felt it here in San Fernando pretty strong we are on the second floor it shook and rattled, I stalled for a second as I was talking to a customer. brought back memories of the 1994 Northridge quake

  30. Mike says:

    Woodland Hills, shook for about 15 seconds…felt like big truck rolling by..

  31. Charles U. Farley says:

    Quick roller here in Burbank. Whole office felt it.

  32. Katie says:

    I am in the CSUN dorms and felt it. It shook our building pretty good. Lasted maybe five seconds.

  33. Ms. "Q" from Monrovia. says:

    I was sitting on the sofa working on my computer when one of my cats came to me trying to tell me something . Two minutes after talking and stroking her, I heard and felt the wall to my left mak a cracking sound, then I felt the shaking, and everything was blurred for a few seconds, then it was over. I felt like it was a precursor to a larger quake, but I hope not.

  34. Mark says:

    Sitting at my desk I felt a slight roll for about 3 seconds. I’ve lived in this area and the Valley for the last 60 years. This was the slightest.

  35. padmini says:

    Felt pretty good in Granada Hills, my roofing contractor was up on the roof inspecting, he was shook up

  36. Harold Cook says:

    Felt in Tehachapi as a mild shake. The dog started barking

  37. Linda O. says:

    I live in Valencia and I felt it pretty hard in my 2 story house. Home with 2 little ones, not the best situation

  38. goddessofmusic says:

    Quick..just one shake. Earthquake monitor (crystal pendulum hung from chandelier) swung for about 10-15 more seconds. Not much to write home about, but I did anyway.

    1. goddessofmusic says:

      Oh yeah….in Hollywood.

  39. Loretta Copeland says:

    Studio City reporting in – I felt a gentle roll. Nothing to write home about. We have a New Yorker new to the office, didn’t even know she’d experienced her first earthquake until I told her!

  40. Jennifer says:

    I live in Lancaster and while sitting in front of my computer,I felt the earthquake… I looked up at my ceiling fan and the strings were moving softly.. Its a wake up call for us here in California!

  41. Sue B says:

    I felt it in Agoura. It was not sharp…just some shaking and rumbling.

  42. Teresa says:

    We felt a sharp jolt – happy it that is all we felt – relieved it did not keep going
    Reporting from saugus near seco and bouquet

    1. Jeanette says:

      Felt it here in West Covina but it was just a lite shake ….i

  43. Megan says:

    Sharp, quick jolt that made the house creak and groan. Lasted about 5 seconds in Sunland. Definitely a strong one.

  44. JM says:

    So that what is was….if was FUN.

  45. Karen says:

    Yes, felt it here in Saugus. Felt a strong jolt, thought was ok but then it felt like was starting again. For being a 4.2 it sure felt pretty strong, maybe because I’m near the epicenter or on 2nd floor of house.

  46. Simon says:

    My trailer was rattled up a bit. I live in Thousand Oaks and thought the winds were the cause of the swaying. But all is well.

  47. Ruth says:

    We felt it in Echo Park. The roof of our house shook for a few seconds.

  48. Cynthia says:

    I lightly felt it in Cerritos which is off the 91 near the 5 fwy. I thought it was the start and something more was coming but luckily not. It felt just like the Long Beach baby quake a few weeks ago.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Felt it at USC on the 5th floor…my co-workers thought I was crazy (they didn’t feel it) HA! I was right!

  50. W Beckley says:

    Sharp, Loud Quick Jolt here in West Hills

  51. Pascale says:

    I live in hollywood and was having a nap when the bed shaking for a brief moment woke me up.

  52. Christina says:

    Felt it here in pacoima I am with my 2 kids. They didn’t feel it but for precaution went outside in case a aftershock strikes but it gives u the warning of how u have your stuff placed at home their are a few frames we have I seen them shake kinda scary when My 3 yr old is sitting right below it. Take care la!

  53. Irene says:

    I work in Beverly Hills, we felt the shake here. It felt like a quick jolt.

  54. Pinlight says:

    Felt it while editing on a show about earth changes! Located in Hollywood — it was a bouncy sensation, mostly “springy” and didn’t last more than a few seconds. Glad to have small ones instead of a big quake.

  55. Sammy says:


  56. Fer Bolanos says:

    I felt it , but since I work in a steam power plant, it shakes all the time anyways, so I didn’t even pay attention to it

  57. Ivan says:

    i felt in newhall and i was scared and i’m not lyingfor less than a minute

  58. Miguell says:

    Felt here in Tijuana, MX

  59. Tom says:

    On the 3rd floor of my condo building it felt like a plane hit our building and sounded like a sonic boom, followed by about 30 seconds of mild but worrisome trembling. I wasnt here for the 94 quake so the feeling was much different than the quakes I grew up with

  60. NEW JERSEY STEVE says:

    I sure seems a lot of less disruptive than Irene.

  61. KW says:

    Felt good jolt here in Porter Ranch. Lasted 3-5 seconds.

  62. Elizabeth says:

    I felt it at Cal State LA. It wasn’t too bad here. Just felt like a big truck rumbled by.

  63. Tom says:

    Sorry lol, my condo building here in “Canyon Country”

  64. Lillian says:

    Felt a very slight motion while on the computer. Like a small wave. Went to check the chandelier and it swung ever so lightly. Barley moved. Felt more like coming from the south going north whereas it’s reported it north of me. I live in Temple City.

  65. Tammy says:

    Felt it in Sherman Oaks. Little initial jolt and then roll.

  66. Xavier Cuevas says:

    felt it in sylmar. wasn’t too much…. taco bell usually makes me rumble more

  67. antoniuk says:

    Just a scary jolt. My family freaked out but its all ok.reporting from newhall.

  68. Pam says:

    We are in a downtown LA Highrise. 38th Floor. Noticed my computer monitor swaying back and forth. Not sure anyone in the deposition even felt it. I did.

  69. Simen_Dude says:

    Here in Hesperia Ca one teacher said she felt something, but no one else did.

  70. Paula says:

    I was in Burbank on Hollywood Way & felt it- it felt like a jolt-I am very glad it was not longer or bigger

  71. Gwen D. says:

    Felt it here in South Pasadena in our 3rd floor office bldg. We all had to stop and ask each other if it was an actual earthquake or some one just walking by our cubical lol… Just a little jolt and roll from side to side.

  72. Matt says:

    Multiple jolts & sustained shaking here in Valencia and it sounded like no quake I’ve ever heard before. My guess is the depth was just about non-existant.

    1. TT says:

      someone here in the office checked one of the websites and said it was like 4 miles deep – not sure what site she was on….

  73. Barbara says:

    Was sitting in car in Santa Clarita….rocking, jolt, then more rocking.

  74. Dottie says:

    Not a thing in Arcadia. One of the women in the office freaked out after she heard about it and swore she must have felt it.

  75. Toni says:

    At approximatey 1:51 pm I felt a sharp jolt and then a rolling on Valencia Blvd. in Valencia. It lasted about 5 to 10 seconds. I was bracing for more as my heart worked overtime. It was a very shallow quake from what I read. Good thing it only lasted a short time.

  76. Newhall Mom says:

    I’m in Newhall and I definitely felt it. Strong, sharp jolt… then a rolling motion. No damage here though, thank goodness.

  77. BG says:


  78. P. Godfrey says:

    Here in Pasadena I thought the couple downstairs were trying to come through the kitchen floor to share tea and cakes with me. Imagine my relief when it turned out to be an earthquake. I only had enough cake for one!

  79. Paula says:

    Quake reached us here on the 29th floor of the MGM Tower in Century City.

  80. EB says:

    I felt it here in Westwood!

  81. Vapat says:

    The WC crowd is too numb from stupidity to feel anything until it falls on their head! Look who they elected Gov in CA!

  82. 323valencia757 says:

    Yeah we was felt throught LAX Airport.

    1. Vapat says:

      Another fine example of WC clarity! Not just numb….dumb!

      1. Astonished says:

        Yeah, so you said — twice. Although I’m not sure why your comparing an earthquake to West Coast clarity. numb and dumb!

    2. ap says:

      me so scurred
      now im constipated

  83. TT says:

    Felt like a Semi bumped into the Bldg…. That was all – My daughter slept thru it ….

  84. BC says:

    Many of us felt it at UC Irvine.

  85. Tom says:

    There was another small one just now at 2:37 exactly the same but about 1/4 the strength. Aftershock. Canyon Country

    1. TT says:

      i didnt feel that second one……one – Santa Clarita

  86. AGJ says:

    Yes we are in Hollywood, on the 9th floor…wow , definitely felt the shake for a few seconds. Hate it!!!!!

  87. mcmanly says:

    I’ve cut myself already to stem the suffering and agony….SWEET GOD THE END IS NIGH…ALL IS LOST


  88. k says:

    I felt one jolt on the second floor of a building on the Cal Poly campus.

  89. ogscor says:

    I felt it while taking a number 2. I thought it was the sh!t that dropped as I just had a huge burrito for lunch.

  90. Mariann M. says:

    I was at Wood Ranch Restaurant in Stevenson Ranch located in the Santa Clarita Valley and I felt it. It was quick & short, and everyone in the bar area just looked around at the bottles located above the bartender’s head just in case some of them began to fall. Overall, it was mild in comparison to the others I’ve experienced.

  91. Michael says:

    Hollywood Hills- slight shake… just enough to fire up the adrenal glands… then nothing. No damage evident.

  92. MG says:

    Glendale – my dog felt it two minutes before I did – barking like crazy. Thought he saw a squirrel or a deer on the hillside but when I went to look, it started to shake. Hmmmm … love those intuitive animals ….

  93. Mary says:

    I rocked and rolled in my office on Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills… Pretty mild.

  94. Alivia Hunter says:

    There was an Earthquake? I don’t stop what I’m doing until it’s at least a 5.0 ;p

  95. Bella says:

    The earthquake was felt pretty strong here at the World Trade Center (10th floor) in Downtown Los Angeles!!! Although it shook for a few seconds it felt like a big truck crashed into our building!

  96. Richard says:

    Felt nothing in the two story building in Irwindale that I work in. Guess we’re just used to them

  97. Gregg says:

    It was noisy and a good little jolt here in Sylmar.

  98. rockfish says:

    My stomach hurts.

  99. Tom says:

    Only reason I felt the second one is because it’s quiet as a church in my 3rd floor condo and I’m sitting working quietly on my puter. Barely noticeable but the first one heightened my senses for the second one I’m sure


    the democrats are beat the fu#k – out of the republicans so bad, that it caused a earthquake!!!!! LOL

  101. Astonished says:

    I work in Dowtown L.A. Most of the people in my office felt it as a slow rolling motion. I however, didn’t feel a darn thing! I feel cheated!

  102. the american nightmare says:

    So i have to be the one to point out the obvious….. this is all due to the illegals coming over here and putting more stress on the californian american tectonic plates. Let’s face it, a diet of beans and corn tortillas is not going to help you stay thin. I am not saying being overweight is bad, trust me those skinny prescription drug addicted hollywood harlots are just as icky as a rollypolly mexican woman. What i am saying is: stay balanced people. Dont let the media blind you with, oh illegals take jobs, oh illegals are a burden on our resources, NO! Illegals. They cause earthquakes. And that is fact.

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