Magnitude 3.6 earthquake reported near Los Angeles

Map showing epicenter and shaking intensity around the earthquake
An earthquake was reported Sunday at 7:01 a.m. less than a mile from Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
(Los Angeles Times)

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Sunday at 7:01 a.m. less than a mile from downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred less than a mile from Commerce, less than a mile from East Los Angeles, one mile from Maywood and one mile from Bell.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10.7 miles, which reduced how widely it was felt. There were no immediate reports of damage. According to the USGS, it was felt from Santa Clarita to Orange County.


“What you feel in a small earthquake like this morning depends on how close you are to it. Because it is 10 miles down, everyone is at least 10 miles from it. The closer you are, the sharper the motion,” quake expert Lucy Jones said on Twitter.

The USGS initially reported the magnitude as 3.9 and the depth of the quake as 10.6 miles, and later adjusted the figures to magnitude 3.6 and a depth of 10.7 miles.

In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in the Greater Los Angeles area, according to a recent three-year data sample.

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