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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Los Angeles (AFP) – The city of Los Angeles was awoken just before dawn on Monday by a relatively powerful magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Residents of the Hollywood neighborhood said they were shaken by the quake, which lasted just a few seconds. Burglar alarms went off but there did not appear to be any damage in the area.

The temblor was initially estimated as a 4.7 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), but later downgraded to 4.4.

“I was getting ready in the bathroom and all of a sudden I felt it jolt,” LA resident Yvonne Villanueva told the KTLA TV station, adding: “You always have the big one in the back of your head.”

The quake was centered 6 miles northwest of Beverly Hills and struck at 6:25 am.

“I woke up to feel the building swaying from side to side,” Wes Lashley told KTLA.

The quake came a week after a powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern California, the biggest in years.

California has long braced for the “Big One.” The western state is on the so-called Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific and has produced a number of devastating quakes including Japan’s March 2011 quake-tsunami, which killed thousands of people.

Geologists say a quake capable of causing widespread destruction is 99 percent certain of hitting California in the next 30 years.

A magnitude 7.8 quake could kill 1,800 people, injure 50,000 more and damage 300,000 buildings.

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake in Los Angeles left at least 60 people dead and did an estimated $10 billion damage in 1994, while a 6.9 quake in San Francisco in 1989 claimed the lives of 67 people.

AFP Photo/Frederick Florin

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  • Cool Ranch, Texas

    When we exercise our liberty and enjoy the fruits of success, we also become morally responsible for directly associated failures.

    • Paul Bass

      This has nothing to do with the topic of earthquakes!

      Do you trolls just get paid to write stupid stuff on every post?

      Why don’t you just say “take responsibility for your own actions”? Duh!