Quake strikes near Channel Islands, felt in Los Angeles

A magnitude-5.3 quake rattled southern California on Thursday, shaking buildings in the Los Angeles area.

Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated the shaker was a magnitude-5.3, centered about 48 miles southwest of the Channel Islands. National Weather Service officials said there was no threat of a tsunami.

More on this as it develops.

The epicenter struck near the Golden State's Channel Islands Beach in Ventura County, which triggered a series of shakes in Los Angeles County.

Jones, formerly of the USGS, described it as a "moderate"-size natural disaster".

Three eagle chicks were rattled in their treetop nest on the Channel Islands Thursday after a 5.3-magnitude quake struck off the coast.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is in "earthquake mode" following the shaking, as is standard protocol, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas tweeted.

Isla Vista experienced a 5.3 magnitude quake on Thursday afternoon, according to United States Geological Services (USGS).

The biggest quake in California in the past several years was a 6.0 that hit the Napa area in August 2014.

"By the end of 2018, we will deploy an natural disaster early warning system to every corner of this city, in schools, at businesses, even on your smartphone", Garcetti said.

The location of today's quake off the coast of Mindanao. "Being prepared is always your best bet to help yourself".


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