4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles

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

The quake was felt across Southern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude 3.3 temblor that preceded it hit at 4:15 a.m. There were no immediate reports of any damage.

The larger quake was centered near the intersection of Prairie and Century boulevards. It occurred less than a mile from Lennox, less than a mile from Hawthorne, one mile from Los Angeles and one mile from Del Aire.

It was followed by several smaller quakes in the Inglewood and Lennox area.

Earthquake expert Lucy Jones said on Twitter that the main magnitude 4.0 quake was strong enough to be “felt by most people awake in LA” but noted that it had occurred “very deep” in the earth, about 12 miles down. She added it was likely not on any mapped faults. The foreshock and flurry of aftershocks occurred at about the same depth, Jones said.

A KCBS-TV news broadcast was on air when the magnitude 4.0 temblor struck.

“That was definitely an earthquake right there,” anchor DeMarco Morgan said after the light shaking. “You were not dreaming.”

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