Earthquake rattles Los Angeles; live TV captures reaction
Monday, March 17, 2014, 11:15 AM -
A Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled the city of Los Angeles early Monday morning, striking at 6:25 a.m. local time.
The tremor was initially estimated by the United States Geological Survey at M4.7. It was centred just 24 km from the city's downtown civic centre, at a depth of 8 km.
The Los Angeles Fire Department had no immediate reports of significant damage, but people across the city, the heart of one of North America's most densely populated metropolitan areas, reported feeling the shaking.
Local news station KTLA reports at least one aftershock , rated M2.7, struck the city in the wake of the quake, and quotes a USGS seismologist as saying the tremor could be a foreshock to a larger earthquake still to come.
The quake hit during the station's live morning broadcast, with the anchor's reaction already making the rounds on social media.
If this morning's LA quake was less than Mag 5, note such quakes occur more than 10,000 times per year somewhere in the word.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 17, 2014
The quake comes the day after Chile experienced a powerful Magnitude 6.7 tremor that sent people in the Chilean coastal town of Iquique scrambling for high ground amid tsunami fears.
No one was killed and no significant damage was reported from that quake, but several landslides were reported in the desert hills surrounding the town.
At least two earthquakes occurred in neighbouring Peru on Saturday also.