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Los Angeles Area Earthquake Felt in Carpinteria and Ventura County

By Shirin Rajaee, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Anchor/Reporter, shirin.rajaee@keyt.com
Published On: Mar 17 2014 11:15:16 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 17 2014 04:41:04 PM CDT

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's magnitude was 4.4 and it was centered 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake shook the Los Angeles area Monday morning, jolting some people awake just before sunrise but bringing no immediate reports of serious damage.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake, centered about 6 miles northwest of Westwood and about 15 miles northwest of downtown LA, happened at 6:25 a.m.

NewsChannel 3 received several calls from viewers in Ventura County from Oxnard even up to Carpinteria who felt the shaking. One woman said the rocking shook her bed. 

Santa Barbara resident, Theresa Piacentini Smith said she commutes to LAX and was in LA when it hit. She took to social networking stating : "I was parked and my car felt like a boat-- I sure as heck felt it."

USGS seismologist Robert Graves called it a typical Southern California quake of moderate magnitude and said expectations would be that damage would be slight, if it occurred at all.

The early morning quake occurred at a depth of about 5 miles.

There were several aftershocks, including one of 2.7 magnitude that caused very minor shaking.

Retired AP Radio correspondent Brian Bland, who lives in suburban Santa Monica, says nothing fell or broke, but said it was "quite a shaker."

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