CARSON (CBS SF) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.4 earthquake has a struck a wide swath of greater Los Angeles, shaking buildings downtown.
The quake struck at 7:01 a.m. PDT Thursday 2 miles from Carson at a depth of 7.4 miles. Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.
People in Compton, Torrance, Los Angeles and Gardena reported feeling the quake.
“The only thing that shook was my TV on the wall,” Redondo Beach resident Stephanie Shami told CBS SF. “It felt like it went on for 5-7 seconds so I just waited to see if it was going to get better or worse.”
Other people tweeted feeling the quake in Los Angeles, Gardena and Comption:
There were more than 2,000 reports on the Geological Survey’s website of people feeling the quake.
There were no immediate reports of damage and seismologists say none should be expected for a quake of this size.
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