2.6 quake hits near Universal City on 20th anniversary of Northridge

A map shows the approximate location of a magnitude 2.6 quake that struck near Universal City.
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A shallow magnitude 2.6 earthquake centered near Universal City provided a wake-up jolt Friday morning for many Angelenos on the 20th anniversary of the devastating Northridge quake.

The earthquake struck about two miles from Universal City at 5:26 a.m. at a depth of .1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter was four miles from West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and five miles from Hollywood, according to the USGS.

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Many residents took to Twitter to find out what shook them awake.

“Well that was a rude awakening only a 2.6 #earthquake but the epicenter I think must have been right under my house and jolted me out of bed :(" Tweeted @nathenstridge.

“2.6 earthquake epicenter one block from y house. 5:30 a.m. Thanks, Earth.” read another Tweet from @drewfilus.

There have been three earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby over the past 10 days, according to the USGS.


The Northridge earthquake on Jan. 17, 1994, registering a magnitude of 6.7, killed about 60 people and injured thousands.