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Los Angeles lightly rattled by 4.6 earthquake, causing minor disturbance.

Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles Area

Residents Rattled by Earthquake

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck Southern California northwest of Los Angeles on Friday, rattling a wide area around the nation’s second-most populous city, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the tremor caused concern among residents in the affected areas.

Location and Impact of the Earthquake

The quake was centered about 9 miles (14.5 km) west of Thousand Oaks, a community in the coastal foothills about 40 miles northwest of downtown L.A., according to the USGS. Initially recorded at a magnitude of 5.1, it was later downgraded by the USGS to 4.6. The crowd-sourced “Did You Feel It?” map posted online by the USGS showed that weak-to-light shaking was detected by residents all around Los Angeles, with scattered reports of faint ground movement as far north as Bakersfield and as far south as San Diego.

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Commonplace Earthquakes in California

Earthquakes of that size are commonplace in seismically active California and generally cause little or no property damage. Despite the anxiety caused by the tremor, residents are well aware of the frequent seismic activity in the region and understand the minimal risk associated with such events.

Seismic Activity and Public Awareness

Residents of California are accustomed to the occasional tremors and have learned to be prepared for such events. The earthquake serves as a reminder for residents to stay informed and ready for potential seismic activity, ensuring they are equipped to handle any situation that may arise.

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