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LA earthquake today: Los Angeles rocked by magnitude 3.2 quake

Chris Baynes
The Independent
A computer model at the US Geological Survey illustrates how shock waves from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas fault would affect southern California: Getty Images

Los Angeles has been rocked by a magnitude 3.2 earthquake.

The tremor occurred at 1.15am local time (9.45am GMT) at a depth of 7.5 miles (12km), according to the US Geological Survey. Its epicentre was in the West Athens area in the south of the city.

Locals reported feeling the ground shake, with some tweeting that they were woken up by the quake.

"That felt nasty," wrote one. "Especially because it was near my area."

Another said: "I jumped out of bed and woke everyone up just in case."

"Felt quite a strong shake in downtown LA," tweeted another.

Minor tremors are a regular reminder of the likelihood of another strong earthquake in Los Angeles, which was devastated by a deadly magnitude 6.7 earthquake in January 1994

In 2008, the US Geological Survey found there was a greater than 99 per cent chance of an even stronger earthquake hitting California, which sits on the San Andreas fault, in the next 30 years. The report warned that type of quake could kill 1,800 people, injure 53,000, and cause $214bn (£162bn) damage.

There were no reports of any damage after Friday's tremor, but it raised fears of a more serious quake.


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