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Magnitude 3.7 Earthquake Rattles L.A. Overnight

April 22, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Seismograph illustration via public domain

As if quarantined Angelenos don’t have enough on their minds right now, a magnitude 3.7 earthquake shook the city just after midnight this morning.

According to data from the U.S. Geologic Survey website, the quake struck at 12:03 a.m. with an epicenter less than a mile from Windsor Hills, just north of Inglewood. The depth of the earthquake was 7.4 miles (or 11.9 km). As of Wednesday morning, no damage was been reported.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter that the LAFD conducted a routine assessment following the incident. The survey found no earthquake-related damage, according to the LAFD website. The city will continue to monitor moving forward.

Damage or not, the earthquake definitely got people’s attention. Self-reported accounts of quake activity came in from all over Southern California in the immediate aftermath of this morning’s earthquake, including from locations more than 120 miles (200 km) away from the epicenter. Lompoc, Fontana, Oceanside, Bakersfield, and Joshua Tree all had at least one earthquake response submitted to the USGS.

Locally, residents took to social media (as is now the custom) to announce or perhaps merely confirm what they had just felt. A thread on the Los Angeles subreddit, simply called Earthquake, racked up over 1,000 comments in just over seven hours.

The city’s Emergency Management Department took the opportunity to remind residents that now is a good time to think about earthquake preparedness.

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