Strong magnitude-5 natural disaster rocks Los Angeles sparking California 'Big One' fears

Strong magnitude-5 natural disaster rocks Los Angeles sparking California 'Big One' fears

A significant natural disaster shook the Los Angeles area Thursday afternoon, the US Geological Survey reports.

According to preliminary reports from the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered 35.4 miles southwest of Channel Islands Beach.

According to the department, during quake mode, firefighters from all 106 neighborhood fire stations survey all 470 square miles in the greater Los Angeles area.

The location of today's quake off the coast of Mindanao. Five of the islands are part of Channel Islands National Park - San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara islands.

The 5.3-magnitude quake that rattled Southern California on Thursday was the strongest in the area several years, scientists said. Viewers with our sister station KABC reported feeling shaking in downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown and West Los Angeles.

Seismologist Lucy Jones told NBC Los Angeles: "This is a completely normal sort of natural disaster for Southern California".

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was also assessing the region for damage.

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Some light structural damage was reported on the islands, but there were no other reports of any injuries or major damage.

"We recognise that the probability of having a large quake goes up".

One resident near Beverley Hills said she could feel the ground "rolling".

Several Santa Clarita residents felt a brief, minor rumble Thursday for a 5.3 quake.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)'s seismology lab in Pasadena received a roughly 10-second warning of the quake through the still-under-development early warning system, seismologist Susan Hough was quoted by City News Service as saying.

Officials at the Orange County Fire Authority were not aware of any earthquake-related damage in the area it serves.

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