CARSON, Calif. (AP) – A small earthquake shook the greater Los Angeles area Friday night, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries.
The 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck shortly after 7:58 p.m. and was centered near Carson, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles, according to preliminary information on the Geological Survey website. from the United States.
Its depth was reported at about 9 miles (14 kilometers), the USGS reported.
Some people reported feeling a jolt that extended from a moment to several seconds in 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 did not receive any reports of “major damage or injuries,” according to a Department. statement.
Seismologist Lucy Jones told KCBS-TV that the earthquake “does not seem abnormal at all.”
“This size occurs on average somewhere in Southern California every two months,” he said. “When it happens to be in the middle of the Los Angeles basin, a lot more people feel it and it becomes bigger news.”