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Amid Fire an Earthquake of 4.6 Magnitude Shook California

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 shook two miles south of Rosemead Friday night and was felt across a large portion of Southern California, including Orange County.

California is in a state of unrest with calamities as flood, fire and now earthquake. 

The quake struck at 11:38 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was in almost the same location as the magnitude 5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987, according to famed seismologist Lucy Jones.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas tweeted that the department "is in Earthquake Mode, with all 106 Neighborhood Fire Stations checking their areas for damage."

So far in this sequence there have been 0 magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes, which are strong enough to be felt, and 0 magnitude 5 or higher earthquakes, which are large enough to do damage, according to USGS Earthquakes.

There were no immediate reports of damage at Los Angeles International Airport, but crews are thoroughly checking the airfield and terminal, according to Los Angeles World Airports.

The Los Angeles Police Department asked residents to only call 911 for emergencies.

The US Geological Survey said it also received reports that shaking was felt in Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, Bonsall, Poway, Chula Vista and Vista.

The quake broke at “almost the same location as the M5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987,” seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter.


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