4.6 magnitude earthquakes shake the storm-hit Los Angeles area


An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 on Friday shook the Los Angeles area, which has been hit by a series of winter storms since last week.

The epicenter of the quake was about 7 miles northwest of Malibu, in a mountainous area near the northern coast of Los Angeles County, according to USGS data.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake occurred at 1:47 p.m. local time.

At least two aftershocks with initial magnitudes of 2.7 and 3.0 were recorded after the 4.6 magnitude quake, according to the US Geological Survey.

Fred Fielding, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told NBC that an earthquake of this magnitude “would only cause minor damage.”

Los Angeles Fire Department He said on social media platform X Residents should check on their homes and neighbors.

“After surveying your home for earthquake damage and making sure there are no casualties, please check on your pets and vulnerable neighbors, especially elderly people who live alone,” she said.

LAFD spokesman Eric Scott told NBC Los Angeles that there has been “no significant damage” so far.

Ventura County Fire Department X account He said that the department was “operating at full capacity and no injuries were reported.”

The US Tsunami Warning System said it was unlikely there was a threat of a wave from the earthquake.

The area contains several faults, including the Malibu Coast Fault, which runs from near Point Dume eastward toward the city of Santa Monica.

The area was hit by A A trio of storms since last weekWhich led to historic amounts of rain and flooding to areas from Ventura County to the border between the United States and Mexico.

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