Earthquake gives Los Angeles residents abrupt wake-up call
Friday, November 10, 2017, 13:35 - Residents across Los Angeles took to social media to express their concerns after an earthquake shook the Southern California city early Friday morning.
"This earthquake just woke me up and now my heart is pounding #earthquake," wrote one user on Twitter.
"I legit ran to my parents' room cuz I got scared…lmao I've never done this before either smh #earthquake," tweeted another.
The preliminary magnitude 3.2 tremor occurred at 1:25 a.m. local time at a depth of 7.5 miles, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Its epicenter was in the West Athens area in the south of the city.
While there are no immediate reports of damage or injury, the quake comes as a stark reminder of the likelihood of another strong earthquake in the City of Angels, which was devastated by a deadly magnitude 6.7 earthquake in January 1994.
Although several other areas of the San Andreas fault are long overdue for a large earthquake, scientists are especially concerned about the southern sector.
According to the USGS, every 150 years this section of the fault can produce a sizeable earthquake. If a 7.8 quake were to occur tomorrow, the second most populated city in the U.S., Los Angeles, would suffer a big blow.
Estimates are that close to 2,000 people would die, 50,000 would be injured and damage figures would near $200 billion.
It's impossible to assign an exact time frame to the next large earthquake in Southern California, but it is shocking to see that scientists agree on the fact that a considerable earthquake will rock Southern California within the next 30 years.
For many Californians this is not new, it's the same old song, and many are beginning to get tired of hearing it year after year for decades.
In the meantime, folks across L.A. are having a little fun with the latest tremor. See below.
With files from Mario Picazo