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Aftershocks Shaking LA Area After Sunday Night Quake

By: Ashlea Sigman,KBTX Staff Email
By: Ashlea Sigman,KBTX Staff Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aftershocks and jolts continue to rattle through Los Angeles area after an earthquake rolled through the same area Sunday night. The quake left behind shattered glass and rattled nerves, but no apparent major injuries or damage. There have been at least 10 aftershocks since the quake hit.

The magnitude-4.7 quake, considered moderate, hit at 8:39 p.m. Sunday night, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and three miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, according to a preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey. .

The quake jiggled the greater Los Angeles region for about 10 to 15 seconds and was felt as far south as San Diego, said USGS seismologist Susan Hough.

"This was a serious jolt. It was probably felt within 100 miles," Hough said.

The shaking was most intense in the coastal communities south of the airport. Some residents said books and other items were knocked off the shelves.

Glass broke at a Starbucks in Torrance, and one person there had minor injuries and was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance Fire Department dispatchers said. Neither the fire department nor the hospital would release further information about patient or the injuries.

Television images showed a Long Beach drapery business that had its storefront window knocked out, and tiles fell during a screening at a Redondo Beach movie theater, but no injuries were reported in either incident.

Some residents north of downtown Los Angeles either felt a light shake or nothing at all.

There were no reports of any damage at the airport, just miles from the epicenter. The Los Angeles Fire Department received plenty of calls, but none to report any major injuries, said spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Seismologists had pegged the quake initially at a magnitude-4.7, then revised it to a magnitude-5.0, but updated it about an hour after the temblor struck back to 4.7.

During earthquakes, it's not unusual for magnitudes to change as scientists comb through data from hundreds of seismic stations in the field that record the shaking.

The quake, which hit 8.4 miles below the surface, appears consistent with movement on the Newport-Inglewood fault, said USGS geophysicist Ken Hudnut.

The Newport-Inglewood fault was responsible for the magnitude-6.4 Long Beach earthquake in 1933 that caused 120 deaths and more than $50 million in property damage.

The last damaging earthquake in Southern California was the 1994 magnitude-6.7 Northridge quake that toppled bridges and buildings.

According to the USGS, the quake's epicenter was:

2 km (1 miles) E (91°) from Lennox, CA
2 km (1 miles) SSE (159°) from Inglewood, CA
3 km (2 miles) NNE (22°) from Hawthorne, CA
7 km (4 miles) ENE (72°) from El Segundo, CA
15 km (10 miles) SSW (213°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA


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