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4.2 Quake Strikes Near Westwood

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WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A 4.2 quake rattled Westwood and was felt all over the Southland Sunday evening.

The quake struck about 7:36 p.m. and lasted for what felt like 6-8 seconds.

Early reports from the USGS said the quake measured 3.7 and then 3.8 moments later.

More than an hour later, Dr. Lucy Jones said they increased the magnitude to 4.2 after assessing the quake’s strength and depth.

Preliminary calls into the CBS2/KCAL9 newsroom said people felt it particularly hard on the west side, in Studio City, Simi Valley and Santa Monica.

Others reporting to us on Facebook said they felt it strongly in Westlake Village, Glendale, Reseda, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Canoga Park and the Marina.

Corry Verryt wrote, “It felt stronger than that in Woodland Hills! Yikes”

The quake was reported at 6 kilometers west north west of Westwood.

Quake experts said it was a shallow quake less than 1 kilometer deep.

Dr. Lucy Jones of the USGS said the quake was felt by more people because it was shallow.

“A magnitude 3.8 is actually quite small,” said Jones, “it was felt by many people because it happened in a densely populated area. But seismically it’s not a big deal.”

Dr. Jones in Pasadena said she didn’t feel a thing.

“I was about to go out to Trader Joe’s and looked down at my phone and thought, oh shoot, I’m not going to the store,” she quipped.

A 1.8 aftershock struck around 7:45, officials said.

As preliminary reports come in, Dr. Jones felt the 4.2 quake was close in proximity to a 4.4 quake on St. Patrick’s day, but far enough from it that it is not likely an aftershock of that event.

Officials said no significant damage or injuries were reported.

 

 

 

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