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3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Up Los Angeles



Los Angeles was shaken up early this morning by a 3.2 magnitude earthquake.

The quake occurred at 1.15am PST according to the US Geological Survey. Its epicenter was in the West Athens area in the south of the city. Locals reported feeling the ground shake.

Minor earthquakes are a constant reminder of the likelihood of a stronger earthquake in Los Angeles, which was devastated by a deadly magnitude 6.7 earthquake in January 1994

In 2008, the US Geological Survey found there was a greater than 99% chance of an even stronger earthquake striking California, which sits on the San Andreas fault, within the next 30 years. The report warned that a similar type of quake could kill 1,800 people, injure 53,000, and cause $214billion in damage.

There were no reports of any damage after Friday morning’s tremor, but it raised fears of a more serious quake.

In October last year a flurry of more than 140 small tremors under a lake near the San Andreas fault raised fears of a massive earthquake.

Source : CBS Los AngelesIndependent