California's Latest Reason to Hate 2020: an natural disaster

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2020

A fundamental 4.5-magnitude natural disaster jolted the Southern California zone late Friday night.

The tremor shook structures and shook windows, and was felt in San Diego, Valencia and the San Fernando Valley regions.

The 11:38 p.m. quake was centered east of downtown Los Angeles, in the Rosemead/South El Monte area.

The natural disaster occurred at a depth of 5.6 miles. While this one triggered at least two aftershocks, seismologist Lucy Jones said there's just a 5% chance of it sparking a bigger quake, and later tweeted that the risk will fall to 1% by Saturday evening.

"Though felt widely in the greater Los Angeles area, we are pleased to report there are no serious injuries, and no preliminary indication of significant infrastructure damage within the City of Los Angeles", department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department issued a warning on Twitter. If Inside When Shaking Starts: DROP, COVER, HOLD ON! "Protect your head (and) neck while taking cover under sturdy furniture or near a sturdy interior wall, away from windows and doorways until the shaking stops".

The Whittier Narrows quake killed eight people and caused more than $200m in damage.

In South Pasadena, about 15 miles from the epicenter, the quake began with a strong sharp shake, say the reports. In 2014, a magnitude 5.1 natural disaster hit the Puente Hills thrust fault, which runs from the San Gabriel Valley to central Los Angeles.

Jones noted that the natural disaster hit in almost the exact location of one in 1987 that caused almost $360 million in damage and killed eight people while injuring 200 more.

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