A small earthquake shook the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area Friday night, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.
According to preliminary information from the US Geological Survey website, the quake’s magnitude 4.3 occurred shortly after 7:58 p.m. and was centered near Carson, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southeast of LA downtown.
The USGS reported that its depth was reported to be about 9 miles (14 kilometers).
Some people have reported feeling tremors lasting from a moment to several seconds across the area. It was felt in neighboring cities including Santa Monica, Torrance and Beverly Hills.
No problems were reported at an oil refinery in Carson.
The Los Angeles Fire Department went into earthquake emergency mode, sending vehicles and helicopters to patrol its 470-square-mile (1,217 square kilometer) area, but said it had received no reports of “significant damage or injury”, a According to the statement of the department.
Seismologist Lucy Jones told KCBS-TV that the quake “doesn’t seem unusual at all.”
“This size averages somewhere in Southern California every two months,” she said. “When it happens in the middle of the Los Angeles Basin a lot of people feel it and it becomes big news.”