5.3-magnitude quake rocks Los Angeles

2014-03-29 08:04


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Los Angeles - A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake's epicenter was near La Hambra, about 45km southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and could be felt across the LA metropolitan area, including in Hollywood.

Car alarms were reported to have been set off in some areas by the one-mile deep quake, which came 11 days after a 4.4-magnitude one jolted Angelenos out of bed on 17 March.

Friday's late-evening quake was followed minutes later by a strong aftershock.

California has long braced for the "Big One."

The western US state is on the so-called Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific and has produced a number of devastating quakes including Japan's March 2011 quake-tsunami, which killed thousands of people.

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