Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Malibu, South Bay; aftershocks follow

LOS ANGELES — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Malibu and the South Bay at 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey.

A magnitude 3.5 aftershock followed the initial earthquake at 2:03 a.m. Smaller aftershocks then hit at 2:22 a.m. (magnitude 2.8) and 2:38 a.m. (magnitude 2.6).

It was centered offshore, about 10 miles south of Malibu and 15 miles southwest of Santa Monica.

It was about 9 miles deep. It was centered 15.4 miles west of Venice and 16.3 miles west of El Segundo.

“All 106 neighborhood fire stations will conduct a strategic survey of their districts, examining all major areas of concern (transportation infrastructures, large places of assemblages, apartment buildings, power-lines, etc),” said Los Angeles Fire Department Nicholas Prange.

Prange said the LAFD was now in “earthquake mode” and the survey would last for approximately one hour.

The examination will be conducted from the ground, air and sea and an update will be provided once earthquake mode is complete.

There were no initial reports of injuries or damage. The National Weather Service reports there are no tsunamis expected.

The LAFD offers disaster preparedness classes and recommends having a survival kit ready in case of emergencies or disasters. The LAFD Community Emergency Response Team unit provides training courses for free and year-round. Training courses range from multi-week to single-day instruction on emergency preparedness.

Courses are available for earthquake safety and preparedness, fire safety and extinguisher training, disaster preparation and preparing emergency kits.

Visit www.CERT Unit-la.com for more information and to register for training.

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