5.3 offshore earthquake hits California


Los Angeles: A shallow, moderate earthquake rocked California’s Ventura County coast on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, swaying buildings across a wide area including the city of Los Angeles.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries following the magnitude-5.3 quake, which struck at 12:34 pm, 23 miles east-southeast of Santa Rosa Island at a depth of 10.4 miles (16.8 kilometers).

The Los Angeles Fire Department went into “earthquake mode,” pulling crews out of more than 100 stations across the 470- square mile (750-square kilometer) region to sweep neighborhoods for damage to key infrastructure, such as roadways and bridges.

Los Angeles police were also making checks of infrastructure and “critical locations”. National Weather Service officials said there was no threat of a tsunami from the off-shore quake.

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