California earthquake shakes Los Angeles to San Diego

May 18th, 2009 - 8:20 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

LA Quake An early evening magnitude 5 earthquake has shaken Southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego but caused little in the way of damage or injury.

The California quake came a little more than three hours after a smaller quake was felt in New York, on the opposite side of the country.

The quake, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) described as “moderate” was centered approximately one mile from Lennox, one mile from Inglewood, two miles from Hawthorne, and four miles from El Segundo, 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and three miles east of Los Angeles International Airport.

The USGS said the initial quake, which was felt as far south as San Diego, 125 miles (201km) away, and as far east as Riverside County, was followed by at least three after aftershocks, with the largest registering at magnitude 3.1.

Residents close to the epicenter reported hearing a tremendous boom, followed by 10 to 15-seconds of shaking during which pans, books and glasses were sent tumbling to the floor, windows were shattered and tiles knocked from roofs.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said initial assessments indicated the trembler cause no major structural damage and no serious injuries were reported.

The earthquake was the the largest in the greater Los Angeles area since a magnitude 5.4 quake struck Chino Hills in July, 2008.

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