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4.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Los Angeles

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A 4.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Los Angeles area Friday night.

The earthquake struck in Carson, Calif., at approximately 8 p.m. local time, according to information from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) made available Saturday.

The earthquake had a depth of 11.9 kilometers, or seven miles. It was felt in nearby areas of Lomita, Torrance, Long Beach, Inglewood and Los Angeles, according to USGS data.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Friday evening that there were no “significant incidents” related to the earthquake and that there were no disruptions in services.

The Los Angeles Fire Department went into “Earthquake Emergency Mode” on Friday, sending fire department vehicles and helicopters to patrol its 470-square-mile jurisdiction to identify any damage or emergency needs.

The department later said in an update that no “major infrastructure damage” was noted by its personnel as well as no “loss of life or serious injury” that could be attributed to the earthquake.

“We ask you to use today’s quake as a reminder to be prepared,” the agency said in its update.

While officials did not report any major damage, the earthquake caused the Marathon Petroleum refinery in Carson to lose power, the Los Angeles Times reported. The refinery began to conduct flaring to burn off gases, which sparked concerns among residents in the area.

“Flares are safety devices and the flares are functioning as intended. There are no injuries or off-site impact,” Marathon spokesman Jamal Kheiry told the newspaper. 

People shared their experience with the earthquake on social media.

“Felt that one” comedian Rosie O’Donnell said on Twitter

“Just got briefly shook by an earthquake here in LA – 4.4, epicenter in Carson,” sports columnist Skip Bayless tweeted. “We had a similar jolt a few days ago. Everything is just fine at our house. Hazel didn’t even bark. Hope the rest of the LA area is OK.


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