Pair of minor quakes rattle the Los Angeles area before dawn

BREAKING NEWS: Californians are shaken awake by magnitude 4 earthquake and aftershocks which hit LA before dawn

  • A 4.0 earthquake struck the Los Angeles area at 4:44am Monday local time
  • The tremor’s epicenter was located near Los Angeles International area
  • The U.S. Geological Survey said an earlier 3.3 quake was measured at 4:15 am

At least two earthquakes shook up the Los Angeles within half hour of each other Monday before dawn.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a 4.0 tremor was reported at 4:44 a.m. near Lennox, California.  

The epicenter was just east of the Los Angeles International Airport, along Century Boulevard on the south side of Hollywood Park.

It also was relatively deep, at 12 miles.

A series of tremors, the strongest a magnitude 4.0, struck the Los Angeles area before dawn Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No injuries or damages have been reported

The USGS said light shaking was reported across the greater metropolitan area and no significant damage was expected. 

The larger tremor preceded a 3.3 quake that was felt across the Southern California area, the U.S. Geological Survey.

A series of tiny aftershocks followed.

According to the USGC, no reports of damage were documented to authorities. 

At least three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have been measured in the area in the last 10 days, the Los Angeles Times reported.  

The Los Angeles areas was hit by a series of tremors Monday, including a magnitude 4.0 reported near Inglewood

Los Angeles area residents awaken by the earthquake attempted to make light of the situation, specifically one user on Twitter who wondered why the area tends to be rattled in the middle of the night. 

‘Also why do earthquakes insist on popping of at such ghoulish hours every time,’ @caitedelaney wrote on Twitter. ‘Where’s a sensible 2pm quake.’

@Aliyah111_ wrote: ‘I know angel numbers are important and all but mother nature didn’t need to have an earthquake at 4:44 am waking me up and everything.’ 

Unlike native Californians, NBA writer Chris Palmer has yet to have grown accustomed to the small tremors are often played down by locals.

‘That was my 27th earthquake in 10 years of living in LA. They always come at night,’ he tweeted. ‘Never feel smaller. Never get used to it.’

Palmer later wrote: ‘The Big One will happen in my lifetime. They predict next 50-70 years. I say 10 years. I went to Sequoia National Park. There was a 200-foot tree that was leaning. They said it would fall in 30 years. It fell 12 days later. #Earthquake”

The strongest earthquake to ever hit California was a magnitude 7.9 on January 9, 1857 in Fort Tejon. Two people were killed.

A magnitude 7.8 tremor rattled San Francisco on April 18, 1906, killing 3,000 people and displacing 225,000. 

The magnitude 7.6 earthquake that shook Northridge on January 17, 1994 left 57 dead, 9,000 injured and caused up to $40 billion in damages.  

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