Southern California jolted by magnitude 4.5 earthquake, one other fear after raging wildfires


LOS ANGELES — In a area already reeling from wildfires and smoke-filled skies, a reasonable earthquake jolted Southern California late Friday.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.5, the U.S. Geological Service reported. It jangled nerves, however no accidents or injury have been instantly reported.

The quake was centered within the metropolis of South El Monte in the San Gabriel Valley, east of downtown Los Angeles.  It struck at about 11:40 p.m. PST. The quake was felt as distant as Palm Springs, about 80 miles east.

Near Los Angeles International Airport, the quake produced a rolling movement that lasted about 10 seconds. Crews are totally checking the airfield and terminal, although that they had not discovered any injury, in line with Los Angeles World Airports.

Southern California has been referred to as susceptible to earthquakes, however higher Los Angeles hasn’t seen a big, damaging quake for greater than 20 years. 

A seismologist who carefully watches the Los Angeles basin, Lucy Jones, took to Twitter and mentioned that the temblor’s epicenter was in mainly the identical location because the 5.9 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 that precipitated in depth injury.

“Still getting everything processed, but it was a pretty good jolt here in Pasadena,” she tweeted.

Jesus Lucatero, a 37-year-old surgical procedure coordinator, supplied a little bit of humor after the quake rattled his Whittier, California, home. 

“The earthquake woke me up and I usually sleep through quakes,” Lucatero advised USA TODAY. “I’m one White Walker invasion away from winning my 2020 bingo card.”

In a tweet, the Los Angeles Fire Department requested folks to arrange for aftershocks. 

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas tweeted that the division “is in Earthquake Mode, with all 106 Neighborhood Fire Stations checking their areas for damage.”

The Los Angeles Police Department requested residents to solely name 911 for emergencies.

Contributing: Maria Sestito and Shane Newell, The (Palm Springs) Desert Sun; Charles Ventura, USA TODAY

This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: Los Angeles jolted by magnitude 4.5 earthquake near metropolis of El Monte