5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California







A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California on Thursday afternoon, reportedly the strongest to strike the region in more than three decades.


The quake hit near the Channel Islands area, near cities such as Los Angeles and Ventura.

Thursday’s quake was the strongest to hit the area since a 6.0-magnitude quake struck in 1981.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted it was aware of the quake and would “work with all our local partners to check infrastructure and critical locations.”

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said the department was in “earthquake mode,” which he added was standard protocol. “Units will survey city for any damage/issues.”

The earthquake was felt for approximately 10 seconds and there was no tsunami warning issued.

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