Shallow M5.3 earthquake shakes Los Angeles area, California


A strong earthquake measuring M5.3 on the Richter scale hit near the coast of Los Angeles, California at 19:29 UTC (12:29 PDT) on April 5, 2018. The USGS is reporting a depth of 16.8 km (10.4 miles).

The epicenter was located 28 km (17.4 miles) SW of Santa Cruz Is. (E end), 38 km (23.6 miles) ESE of Santa Rosa Is. and 62 km (38.5 miles) SW of Oxnard.

Some 413 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.

NWS said there was no threat of a tsunami.

There are no immediate reports of damage. However, the quake reportedly swayed buildings in a wide area including West Los Angeles, Burbank and Woodland Hills.

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction.

Featured image credit: USGS


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