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EARTHQUAKE: 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes The Westwood Area

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At approximately 6:25am Pacific Time on Monday, March 17th, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area, centered near Westwood, California, according to the USGS. No reports of damage have been initially reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was six miles NW of Westwood.


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(FOX 11 / CNS) An earthquake with an epicenter near Westwood struck Los Angeles about 6:25 a.m. today, authorities said. Initial reports by the U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor - located about 6 miles north-northwest of Westwood approximately five miles underground -- was a magnitude 4.7, but that number quickly was downgraded to 4.4.

The jolt was felt in downtown Los Angeles and in Beverly Hills, and as far away as Palmdale and Camarillo. "We've had a couple of aftershocks greater than magnitude 1.5,'' USGS
seismologist Robert Graves told reporters about an hour after the quake was reported. "The most recent was at 7:23 (a.m.). We had a magnitude 2.7, which would cause very minor shaking, probably felt in the epicentral region. "We're continuing to analyze the data, but at this point, this seems to be what I would call a rather typical earthquake of moderate magnitude,'' Graves said. "We don't expect there will be much damage.'' Graves said the quake was a "reminder that we live in earthquake country'' and emphasized the importance of residents devising an earthquake plan that includes emergency sources of food and water.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according to the Los Angeles city and county fire departments. No schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District's jurisdiction reported damage, according to school police.

All Metro rail lines were delayed for a time as crews inspected tracks for possible damage from the earthquake, but now service has been restored, according to Metro officials.

Los Angeles International Airport is operating normally, with no damage reported from this morning's earthquake, airport police said. The California Highway Patrol reported no damage to Los Angeles-area roadways from this morning's earthquake. Officials at UCLA say the campus in Westwood has not suffered any damage from this morning's earthquake.

According to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi, the quake was felt in parts of Orange County, but he said there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

 

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What To Do Right After An Earthquake (from ready.gov):

  • When the shaking stops, look around to make sure it is safe to move. Then exit the building.
  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Help injured or trapped persons. Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, the elderly and people with access and functional needs. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest emergency information.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home had been damaged and is no longer safe. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
  • Stay away from damaged areas. Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organizations. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.
  • After it is determined that its' safe to return, your safety should be your primary priority as you begin clean up and recovery.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.
  • Put on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and work gloves to protect against injury from broken objects.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.
  • Inspect the entire length of chimneys for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a fire.
  • Inspect utilities.
    • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
    • Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
    • Check for sewage and water lines damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.

Helpful Links:
Are You Prepared For An Earthquake?
Don't Forget Pets During An Earthquake
Information about the last quake in Southern California
Latest California/Nevada earthquakes from USGS
Report What You Felt To The USGS
Earthquake Tips from Ready.gov
Visit our myfoxla earthquake section for recent earthquake stories

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