The second of two recent earthquakes shook Los Angeles County Monday morning. The 4.4-magnitude earthquake was followed by several smaller aftershocks.
JONATHAN LLOYD | NBC LOS ANGELES
A magnitude-4.4 earthquake centered in west Los Angeles shook a widespread area of Southern California early Monday, but there were no reports of significant damage.
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It was the second earthquake in the last few days that could be felt in the Santa Clarita Valley and throughout Los Angeles County.
Monday’s quake, initially measured at magnitude-4.4, was reported at 6:26 a.m. and centered about five miles northwest of Westwood, just southwest of the intersection of U.S. Route 101 and Interstate 405. Strong shaking was reported throughout the region, including the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Huntington Beach, Temecula and other areas.
Several aftershocks were reported, including one of magnitude greater than 2.7.
Shaking in some areas continued for several seconds during what was the strongest quake in recent years to shake Los Angeles. The quake was reported at a depth of about five miles, a typical depth for the region that will make it difficult to determine the fault on which the quake occurred, Caltech seismologists said.
Personnel from more than 100 Los Angeles fire stations were deployed to survey neighborhoods for damage, but there have been no reports of significant damage.
Small aftershocks are likely for the next couple of days, according to seismologists with Caltech. More significant shaking is possible in the hours following the earthquake.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department offers several important tips to help residents prepare for and stay safe during an earthquake.
- Secure loose items in the home or workplace that could fall and cause injuries during an earthquake.
- Develop a disaster plan that includes evacuation plans and out-of-state contact numbers.
- Create a disaster preparedness kit with food, water and supplies.
- Check and repair the structural integrity of your house.
- Drop, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on during an earthquake.
- Check for injuries or damage that need immediate attention after the shaking has stopped.
- Tune in to the radio for information and safety advisories, contact insurance companies and take advantage of government-provided resources.
The most recent quake comes nearly six years after the magnitude-5.5 Chino Hills earthquake caused similar widespread shaking throughout the Los Angeles basin. That quake on July 29, 2008 was centered about 28 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
“We’ve been in somewhat of lull for a number of years relative to the current in the late 80s and 1990s,” said Robert Grades, of the U.S. Geological Survey. “It’s correct we’re in a bit of a lull, but within the range of what’s typical of our experience.”
For more information about disaster preparedness, visit the KHTS Emergency Expo at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday, March 29, where local emergency response teams will display their products and services for emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
Related Information: 2014 Emergency Expo
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Source: Santa Clarita News