According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2 struck near the coast of Malibu early Wednesday morning. It had a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 and occurred just off the coast of Santa Monica at around 2 a.m. It had an epicenter located about 15 miles southwest of the city and was largely felt by residents in Whittier, Culver City, Chatsworth and Torrance, reports say.
The quake’s depth measured at 7 miles and was followed by multiple aftershocks, including a 3.5 which struck just a few minutes later. However, no major injuries or damage have been reported as of yet.
While the Los Angeles fire department momentarily went into “earthquake mode,” a thorough survey of major infrastructures was conducted in key areas and found that there was no notable impact or need for concern.
If you felt the rumble beneath your feet and you’re wondering why you didn’t receive a #ShakeAlert-powered, don’t worry it’s not your phone. The earthquake was too small to trigger the delivery, the USGS announced on Twitter.
Top tips for preparing yourself for an earthquake:
1. Practice “drop, cover, and hold on.” Always drop to your knees, cover your neck with your arms and find cover under sturdy furniture or doorways.
2. Have a stash of supplies ready for an emergency such as water, a flashlight, important documents and a first-aid kit.
3. Establish a meeting point in your home or office.
4. Sign up for the ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning System.
5. If driving, always stop over safely and make sure the handbrake is up.
6. Have a communication plan in place.
7. Wait for the shaking to stop before moving or finding alternative shelter.
8. Find the best insurance to make sure you’re covered for any loss or damages.
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