Earthquake in california today just now, Magnitude 4.2 tremor hits San Fernando area.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake has shaken California, close to Los Angeles, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The tremor struck just before 4.30am local time (12.30pm BST), centred just over a mile from the city of San Fernando. Its epicentre had a depth of five miles, the USGS said.

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There have been no reports of damage or injuries, but a strong shake was felt across the region and many social media users voiced alarm after being jolted awake.

TV host Karamo Brown tweeted: “That literally just scared me. My entire house was shaking and my dogs were howling before and while it was happening. I’m awake now! 2020 enough is enough!”

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The Los Angeles Police Department posted on Twitter: “Good morning Los Angeles. Yes, we felt it too. Our 9-1-1 & communications systems are very robust and were not impacted by earthquake.”

The earthquake also rattled the Nasa’s jet propulsion laboratory in La Canada Flintridge , where its engineers are based, minutes before the launch of the space agency’s next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

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A second quake of 3.3 magnitude struck nine minutes after the first.

An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 4 and 5 occur each year in the greater Los Angeles area, according to the LA Times.


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