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4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles

JUST IN: A series of earthquakes have rattled the Los Angeles area early Monday morning with the biggest being a 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered just east of the Los Angeles International Airport.

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles area

A swarm of small earthquakes shook the Los Angeles area early Monday and rattled the nerves of residents, many of whom were jolted awake by two of the stronger quakes.

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake was reported at 4:44 a.m. Monday near Inglewood, less than half an hour after two smaller foreshocks hit the same area.

The larger quake was felt across Southern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude-3.3 temblor that preceded it hit the same area at 4:15 a.m., while a magnitude-2.5 shaker struck at the same time about two miles away.

By 8 a.m., nearly 40 aftershocks had rattled the Inglewood and Lennox area, according to Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet shortly before 7 a.m. that no damage had been reported amid the quakes.

“This morning’s wake-up call was widely felt in the greater Los Angeles area,” USGS Earthquakes tweeted. “Unusually deep at ~20 km. Odds are high that nothing bigger will happen, but every felt quake is a reminder that California is earthquake country.”

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