A 4.4 earthquake woke up some people in West Los Angeles on Monday morning. The quake hit at about 6:25 a.m. local time, at a depth of about 5 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.
There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, according to the LA Fire Department.
The epicenter was just north of LA’s heavily populated Westwood neighborhood, where UCLA is located.
— Michael Linder (@michaellinder) March 17, 2014
Thankfully not much damage was done.
A look at the damage from the L.A. earthquake. pic.twitter.com/Rm4WYmmW4S
— Nigel Int’l D. (@Nigel_D) March 17, 2014
It was one of the largest quakes to hit Los Angeles since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake killed several dozen and caused $25 billion in damage two decades ago, Dr. Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist, told KABC-TV.
“It’s not that large by California terms. It’s the size of earthquake we have across the state once every couple of months,” Jones said. “But we haven’t had one like this in LA for quite a while.”
A magnitude 4.7 quake struck near Inglewood in 2009, she said.