4.4 quake rattles L.A.

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An estimated 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered near Westwood rattled Los Angeles this morning, according to preliminary info from the U.S. Geological Survey. Los Angeles Fire Department  crews are surveying the area by ground and air but  there have been no reports of quake-related damage from the temblor that struck at 6:25 a.m. Metro says all rail service is running this morning, and the LADWP said there had been no reports of power outages or ruptured water lines.

Update: A second, 2.7 quake was reported at about 7 a.m. in approximately the same area.

The quake was felt in Echo Park and, judging by posts on Twitter, other points across the Eastside:






  1. The epicenter was in Encino, near the intersection of Sepulveda and Mulholland. I don’t know why they keep mentioning Westwood. Maybe that’s where the closest measuring device to the quake was.

  2. The first email notices from the USGS described the 4.4 earthquake location as
    “9 km NNW of Westwood, CA,” which was described by the Cal-Tech Seismo
    Lab as “3 km SSE of Encino, CA” which puts the location in a little better

  3. The Basin has uncounted faults — har, har — yet to be ‘heard from.’ No way to know what lies five miles (or more, or less) beneath, till one moves. San Andreas and what it has done is right in our faces. The smaller, hidden ones could be almost anywhere: Elysian Hills (isn’t there one @ Morton?), MacArthur Park, north side slopes, under that planned megamonster near Capitol Records bldg…….

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