Light earthquake rumbles Los Angeles

May 20th, 2009 - 12:11 pm ICT by admin  

LOS ANGELES (BNO NEWS) – A light earthquake struck southwest of Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon, just a day after a slightly stronger earthquake rumbled the area.

The earthquake struck at 3.49 p.m. local time and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, a spokesman for the United States Geological Survey told BNO News. “In response to a mild seismic event in the Greater Los Angeles area, and pursuant of protocol, the Los Angeles Fire Department is now in ‘Earthquake Emergency Mode,” said Brian Humphrey, who is a spokesman for the LA Fire Department.

When the department declares an ‘earthquake emergency mode’, the nearly 1,100 on-duty LAFD personnel are required to actively survey the 471 square mile jurisdiction from the ground and air.

“There are no reports of fire, significant damage or injuries related to this event,” Humphrey added. The shake was widely felt throughout Los Angeles and struck just 7.5 miles deep, according to the California Integrated Seismic Network. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of a tsunami.

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