Magnitude 4.2 earthquake, several aftershocks shake the Los Angeles area

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake and multiple aftershocks struck near Malibu in the Los Angeles area early Wednesday morning.

According to the US Geological Survey, the initial magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred just offshore about 10 miles south of Malibu Beach at 2 a.m. PST. The depth of the earthquake was about 9.2 miles.

“My bed shook — hard enough to make me jump up, in fact, and run for the living room,” Ventura-based PKB weather correspondent Max Gorden said. “Every time an earthquake hits in the middle of the night, part of you wonders if it was just a dream, so I jumped on Twitter and of course a lot of local LA reporters had tweeted that they felt it…and it wasn’t just my imagination.”

About three minutes after the first earthquake, a magnitude 3.5 aftershock was reported at nearly the same location at a depth of about 8 miles.

This was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 2.8 and 2.6 at 2:22 a.m. and 2:38 a.m. PST, respectively.

“As I was trying to get back to sleep, I felt a little tremor,” Gorden said.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.

LA earthquake

The Los Angeles area was also hit by aftershocks.


The quake was small enough that there was no threat of a tsunami despite the earthquakes hitting so close to the southern California coast, according to the National Weather Service.

The Los Angeles Fire Department spent approximately 45 minutes in “earthquake mode” following the quake during which the 106 fire stations conducted “a 470 square mile strategic survey of the city of Los Angeles. .. examining all major areas of concern (transportation infrastructure, large gathering places, apartment buildings, power lines, etc.), according to LAFD officials. “No damage or injuries were reported and the mode normal operation has resumed.”

The PKB Forecast Center also had not received any immediate reports of damage or injuries. According to the USGS, damage generally only occurs when the earthquake’s magnitude exceeds 4 or 5.

Anyone who felt the earthquakes on Wednesday morning is encouraged by the USGS to submit a brief report on this website.

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