Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Strong magnitude-5 natural disaster rocks Los Angeles sparking California 'Big One' fears

Strong magnitude-5 natural disaster rocks Los Angeles sparking California 'Big One' fears

A significant quake shook the Los Angeles area Thursday afternoon, the US Geological Survey reports.

It happened around 12:30 p.m. local time about 38 miles southwest of the mainland city of Ventura, according to the USGS. VIDEO: ABC7 Quake Cam captures 5.3-magnitude quake Following the quake, the Los Angeles Fire Department went into natural disaster mode to survey the greater Los Angeles area.

The epicenter struck near the Golden State's Channel Islands Beach in Ventura County, which triggered a series of shakes in Los Angeles County.

"Year of a disaster is unknown, but impacts are very predictable", said seismologist Jones.

"It wasn't super scary, but you could definitely feel there's like rolling underneath", she said.

VIDEO: Seismologists discuss 5.3-magnitude quake The quake was approximately 9 miles deep, which is relatively deep for a California natural disaster, Caltech seismologist Dr. Jennifer Andrews and USGS seismologist Susan Huff said at an afternoon press conference.

At the USA TODAY bureau in west Los Angeles, the quake started slowly as a rolling motion.

National Weather Service officials said there was no threat of a tsunami from the off-shore quake.

"It's a regular sort of natural disaster that we expect somewhere in Southern California", Jones told KTLA.

Swindle added that crews drove around to assess possible damage Thursday afternoon.

There are no immediate reports of damage.

The location of today's quake off the coast of Mindanao.

"I just know things were moving, and then I was like, 'Wait, was that what I think it was?" said the woman. Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.

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