Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Southern California coast: USGS

Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Southern California coast: USGS

A 5.3-magnitude quake struck near Channel Islands off the Southern California coast on Thursday, shaking large swaths of SoCal.

The quake's epicenter was south of Santa Cruz Island and about 10 miles beneath the surface, according to USGS.

The institute said the quake was centered about 15 miles southeast of the nest.

Seismologist Lucy Jones told NBC Los Angeles: "This is a completely normal sort of natural disaster for Southern California".

LA's National Weather Service has said there are no tsunami warnings in place as of yet.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The USGS is reporting a 5.3 magnitude quake near the Channel Islands.

The Associated Press writes that the Los Angeles Fire Department said it went into "earthquake mode" and firefighters from all 106 of its firehouses began surveys of their territories, including bridges, dams, large buildings and power lines.

More news: Trump denies knowing about payment to Stormy Daniels

Sign up for our breaking news email newsletter: When major local news happens, you'll be the first to know.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was also assessing the region for damage.

It was centered roughly 38 miles southwest of the mainland city of Ventura, and 86 miles west of Los Angeles.

"We live in natural disaster country", Kondo said.

"I've felt earthquakes before, but not like this in a long while!"

Sara Almeron, a worker at Manhattan Bagel in Woodland Hills, said she felt an quake as she was talking to co-workers. "Being prepared is always your best bet to help yourself".

She said that the quake was not strong enough to cause damage on structures.

Related Articles

  • Colorado State scientists forecast more active hurricane season

    Colorado State scientists forecast more active hurricane season

    Many in the Caribbean and along the USA coasts are still cleaning up from the 2017 season, which was extremely active and deadly. Researchers believe there is a 39 percent chance of a hurricane hitting the East Coast, according to the forecast.
    March winds bring April (snow) showers

    March winds bring April (snow) showers

    There's a possibility that Monday and Tuesday will also see snow but it's a little too early to know how that storm will play out. Another sprinkle of spring snow could hit MA later this week, according to the National Weather Service Boston office.
    FAQ: US and China trade tariffs. Is a trade war next?

    FAQ: US and China trade tariffs. Is a trade war next?

    Tech stocks have added to the recent volatility, mostly due to controversies surrounding technology companies like Facebook. Trump has been miffed over allegations China is ripping off USA products, sparking a new wave of tariffs imposed Tuesday.
  • Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth

    Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth

    And finally, a rain of whatever remained sprinkled the South Pacific, northwest of Tahiti and fairly close to Samoa. Two docking tests, one automated and one manual, were accomplished between Shenzhou-9 and Tiangong-1.
    Apple snaps up Google's former AI boss to improve Siri

    Apple snaps up Google's former AI boss to improve Siri

    It's not clear what Giannandrea's direct involvement with Siri will be, but the virtual assistant definitely could use his help. The conventional wisdom is that Apple is a laggard in the race to infuse consumer technology with artificial intelligence .
    China Services PMI falls to 52.32 in March

    China Services PMI falls to 52.32 in March

    PMIs covering the construction and services sectors are due on Wednesday and Thursday. The pound has gained more than 4pc against the U.S. dollar since the end of 2017.
  • Robert Griffin III agrees to 1-year deal with Baltimore Ravens

    Robert Griffin III agrees to 1-year deal with Baltimore Ravens

    According to Ian Rapoport , the Baltimore Ravens have made a decision to sign Griffin to a one year deal as a backup role. But he suffered a serious knee injury in that playoff game after the 2012 season and was never the same player again.
    John Krasinski Realized He 'Married Up' After Exchange with London Customs Agent

    John Krasinski Realized He 'Married Up' After Exchange with London Customs Agent

    "I've always loved her performances, but when you see what she does in the moment you just can't believe that it's possible". Emily was in the United Kingdom , her native country, to film Mary Poppins Returns, in which she plays the title role.
    Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

    Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

    You'll need to get pretty close to the screen, though, because the gestures rely on technology built into the display itself. OLED displays are capable of being shaped into curves or even folded, unlike LCD screens, which were used in older iPhones .
  • Trump calls for border legislation using nuclear option

    Trump calls for border legislation using nuclear option

    It was not immediately clear what Trump was referring to when he said people are coming to take advantage of the program. Vazquez was brought to the US from Mexico when she was two-years-old and has been a DACA recipient for four years.
    Maya Angelou honored with Google Doodle on her 90th birthday

    Maya Angelou honored with Google Doodle on her 90th birthday

    After finding out that her uncle had killed her attacker, she believed that her words had murdered a man and fell silent. For more than 30 years, in lieu of celebrating her birthday, Angelou sent flowers to Coretta Scott King on April 4.
    Seventh-inning struggles doom Cleveland Indians in series finale against Seattle Mariners

    Seventh-inning struggles doom Cleveland Indians in series finale against Seattle Mariners

    But on Sunday, his power and his glove in center field led the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win against the Cleveland Indians . He was acquired in a waiver claim from the Braves in October after making his major league debut with Atlanta last season.