Moderate 5.0 4.7 Quake Shakes Los Angeles Area

AP is reporting — and numerous folks on Twitter are confirming first hand — that a moderate quake struck the L.A. area at 8:39 PM, Pacific Time:

A moderate earthquake has shaken the Los Angeles area. There are no immediate reports of any major injuries or damage.

A preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-5.0 quake hit at 8:39 p.m., about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, near Inglewood.

The quake jiggled the greater Los Angeles region and was felt as far south as Long Beach.

Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department says there were no reports of any major damage.


Update: Downgraded to magnitude 4.7, but strong enough to cause movie theater ceiling tiles to fall, and “broken windows, falling dishes and minor property damage occurred”, the L.A. Times also notes, in a story illustrated with a photo of a clerk sweeping broken glass off the floor of a neighborhood Starbucks.


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