COMPTON (CBSLA) — A preliminary 3.7-magnitude earthquake was reported Friday at 12:19 a.m. in Compton, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the quake was near, but not on, the Newport-Inglewood fault and was very deep — approximately 15 miles below the earth’s surface. She said it was similar to a 4.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the area back in 2001.
The M3.7 in Compton is near but not on the Newport-Inglewood fault. It was also very deep (15 miles) so no one was really close to it. Very similar to a M4.0 Oct. 28, 2001 which was ~1 mile northwest and just about as deep.
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) October 18, 2019
Mild shaking was felt from San Fernando all the way to Huntington Beach, according to the USGS, with the worst of the shaking experienced just south of the earthquake’s epicenter.
There were two smaller quakes — a 1.6-magnitude quake centered in Willowbrook and a 1.4-magnitude quake centered a little over one mile away from Compton — roughly an hour after the 3.7-magnitude temblor struck.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, though the Los Angeles Police Department said in a tweet that there were about a dozen burglar alarms following the quake.
No impact at the LAPD Dispatch Centers following a 3.7 magnitude #earthquake centered near Compton. About a dozen burglar alarm calls since the shaker, otherwise business as usual. The 9-1-1 system in LA City is fully operational.
— LAPD Communications Division (@911LAPD) October 18, 2019