Los Angeles is rattled by 3.7-magnitude earthquake days after tremors rocked San Francisco Bay

Friday, October 18, 2019
By Paul Martin

The quake struck at 12.19 am in Compton close to Compton Boulevard
Hit near to a fault line that caused the death of 120 during a 1933 earthquake
The Newport-Inglewood fault line runs under many Californian cities

18 October 2019

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake hit Los Angeles early Friday morning.

The quake struck at 12.19 am in Compton close to Compton Boulevard and tremors were felt as far as Orange County and the San Fernando valley.

Friday morning’s shudder was recorded by the US Geological Survey as having originated around two miles from the Newport-Inglewood fault.

A quake on the deadly fault caused the deaths of 120 people during the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. 52 people died in Long Beach and 17 people in Compton.

The danger of the fault is that it runs under many Californian cities and could cause significant destruction with a high enough magnitude quake.

The USGS said that the quake on Friday morning saw houses in Compton shake, along with homes in Lynwood, Gardena, Willowbrook, Lakewood and northern Long Beach.

Less intense shaking happened in the Los Angeles Basin and the San Gabriel Valley.

Homes shuddered in Burbank and Rowland Heights.

The earthquake was not strong enough on Friday to cause serious damage or risk to people.

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