Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Quake with 5.3 magnitude hits off coast of Southern California

Quake with 5.3 magnitude hits off coast of Southern California

An quake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck off the coast of Southern California on Thursday, officials at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported the quake was a magnitude 5.0, but it was later upgraded to magnitude 5.3.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department's Office of Emergency Services said there have been no reports of damage.

It tweeted: "A 5.3 natural disaster just occurred 23 east-southeast Santa Rosa Island off the coast of SW #CAwx".

The quake's epicenter was south of Santa Cruz Island and about 10 miles beneath the surface, according to USGS.

"That's part of life in Southern California", Jones said.

An early warning system did alert residents in Los Angeles before the shaking was felt, Caltech confirms.

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There have been no reports of significant damage. Fire officials in Ventura County, close to the epicenter of the quake, also reported no damage from the natural disaster.

Sara Almeron, a worker at Manhattan Bagel in Woodland Hills, said she felt an quake as she was talking to co-workers.

She said that the quake was not strong enough to cause damage on structures.

Emergency-response agencies say California residents should use Thursday's shaker as a reminder to formulate an natural disaster plan as well as the importance of having an quake kit ready and available.

He said that during a tremor, officials at stations countywide put out their apparatuses and fire engines so they can be prepared to respond in the event of an aftershock.

"We recognise that the probability of having a large natural disaster goes up".

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