Earthquake Rattles Southern California Coast

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An earthquake rattled Southlanders from their sleep, Thursday morning. Did you feel it?

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck Southern California’s San Fernando Valley early Thursday morning. The United States Geological Survey reports the quake struck just before 4:30 a.m.

The quake was felt in Pacoima, and as far away as Oxnard, Irvine, and San Diego. It was quickly followed by more than 50 aftershocks, one as large as 3.8.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said it immediately implemented its post-earthquake protocols, with fire department vehicles and helicopters patrolling its 470 square-mile jurisdiction to look for damages or residents experiencing emergencies. About 5:30 a.m., the department said it had completed its protocols.

“The LAFD has concluded the systematic survey of the City of Los Angeles by ground and air, and is pleased to report that no major infrastructure damage was noted by our personnel in the City of Los Angeles and that there has been no loss of life or serious injury that we can directly attribute to the (magnitude) 4.2 earthquake,” spokesman Nicholas Prange said.

The Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments reported normal operations, but both strongly encouraged residents to be prepared in the event of a major earthquake.

No injuries were reported as a result of today’s temblor.

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A 3.8 Aftershock that followed.

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