A 4.4 earthquake woke up some people in West Los Angeles on Monday morning. The quake hit at about 6:25 a.m. local time, at a depth of about 5 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, according to the LA Fire Department.

The epicenter was just north of LA’s heavily populated Westwood neighborhood, where UCLA is located.

Thankfully not much damage was done.


It was one of the largest quakes to hit Los Angeles since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake killed several dozen and caused $25 billion in damage two decades ago, Dr. Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist, told KABC-TV.

“It’s not that large by California terms. It’s the size of earthquake we have across the state once every couple of months,” Jones said. “But we haven’t had one like this in LA for quite a while.”

A magnitude 4.7 quake struck near Inglewood in 2009, she said.

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  • I was in the Northridge quake and you literally feel helpless. The newscasters’ reactions were extremely sharp considering you just want to freeze in place.

  • Noirluv45

    I’m so glad I don’t live there anymore. My friend said it scared her, and she’s been there all her life.

  • G

    Small quake by L.A> standards.

    The initial shake didn’t bother me. I didn’t worry until the china cabinet started to shake and rattle. Needless I left the kitchen!

    This the REAL problem with earthquakes, it’s the length of time the shaking continues that can cause damage and loss of life. While it does matter if a quake is a “strong” quake, a brief hard jolt is one thing, but a mild quake that continues for a great length of time can be very deadly.

  • ALM

    I know this is serious, but why does this look like an SNL skit? I’m glad that everyone is okay and only the Dunkin Donuts cup was harmed.

  • omfg

    BTW, this is something children in California schools are taught to do.

    it wasn’t large but it got my attention.