Earthquake jolts Santa Monica and West L.A.


A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake struck Santa Monica and West Los Angeles late Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor occurred at 10:28 p.m. between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades, according to the USGS.

The jolt was felt across the Westside, Culver City and parts of the San Fernando Valley.

Dr. Lucy Jones, a prominent seismologist, said on Twitter that there was a 5% chance the quake was a foreshock, and a “much, much smaller” chance that it was a foreshock to a bigger earthquake.


The quake spawned a flurry of interest on social media: a mix of sarcasm, anxiety and curiosity — to which Jones offered sensible guidance.

Magnitude 3.0 “quakes happen in California every week,” she said. “The only thing different is the number of people living on top of it.”

Twitter: @MattHjourno


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11:20 p.m.: This article was updated with additional information.

This article was originally published at 10:50 p.m.