Earthquake Hits Off Channel Islands; Shaking Felt in Los Angeles, Across SoCal

Aaron Brown
April 6, 2018

A magnitude-5.3 quake off the coast Thursday rattled a widespread part of Southern California.

A USGS ShakeMap shows an natural disaster that struck off the Channel Islands on April 5, 2018.

The quake's epicenter was 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Santa Cruz Island, which is largely unpopulated but does have some staff and is visited by campers.

The quake was felt across much of Southern California as well, according to news reports.

The warning was long "enough for us to puzzle about it before the shaking hit", Southern California Earthquake Center Director John Vidale told the Los Angeles Times.

The U.S. Geological Survey claims the quake occurred at 12:29 p.m. from the Channel Islands location, about 38 miles (61 km) southwest of the mainland city of Ventura.

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Residents across North County felt a sharp jolt and a few seconds of shaking, but no damage has been reported.

The quake's strength was revised upward from initial estimates of magnitude 5.0.

The agency added that it did not expect casualties from the natural disaster, although there was a possibility of aftershocks.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the natural disaster hit at 11:53 a.m. However, she reminded the public to stay alert and be on their toes as aftershocks are expected.

"We now have no reports of damage or injuries", fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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