Residents, Celebs React To 3.4 Magnitude Beverly Hills Quake
BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Residents and celebrities took to Twitter early Friday morning to react to a minor earthquake in Beverly Hills.
Locals commented on the 3.4 magnitude temblor and said, “It’s crazy seeing a bunch of celebrities on my timeline saying ‘earthquake’ at the same time.”
Thought someone was breaking in maybe, then saw the light fixtures moving and THAT'S how my husband and I knew it was an earthquake.—
Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) September 07, 2012
was there just another earthquake in LA or am I crazy?—
Kelly Osbourne (@MissKellyO) September 07, 2012
Three tourists from St. Louis felt the quake from the Montage Hotel.
“All three of us, at the same time, popped out of bed,” said one woman.
“Either it was an earthquake or the hotel was haunted,” said her friend.
Seismic experts said the epicenter of the 3.4 earthquake was at the intersection of two faults.
“There’s the Santa Monica fault, more or less at the base of the hills there, and then the Newport/Inglewood fault intersects it,” said Cal Tech seismologist, Kate Hutton.
Hutton squashes any concerns that the earthquake may have been triggered by any oil drilling or soil sampling from underground Metro expansion in Beverly Hills.
“There always has to be strain there already. So they’re really the same quakes that would have happened there eventually, anyway,” said Hutton.
Firefighters reported no damage or injuries.
The quake came five days after another temblor hit west Los Angeles.