Saturday, September 19th 2020, 10:20 am - There have not yet been any reports of serious damage or injuries.
The Los Angeles area was shaken by a shallow earthquake Friday night, according to the U.S. Geological Service (USGS).
The USGS says the tremor was a Magnitude 4.5, striking at a depth of only 18 km, such that though it is relatively on the lower end of the scale, it would still have been felt to some extent.
The tremor struck 3 km west-southwest of South El Monte within the greater Los Angeles area at 11:30 p.m. PDT. There have been no reports of any injuries or significant damage so far.
California is one of the most earthquake-prone parts of the U.S., with regular tremors detected. Most are harmless, but some have caused serious devastation and loss of life over the centuries.
The best known is the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, a Magnitude 7.9 tremor. The quake, and the fire spawned in its wake, killed more than 700 people, though the USGS says that official death toll is likely underestimated by a factor of three or four. More recently, the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake was rated Magnitude 6.9. It killed 63 people and injured more than 3,000 others.