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4.6-magnitude earthquake shakes Southern California


Waves break near beach homes in Malibu, California. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 struck the Southern California coast near Malibu on Feb. 9 afternoon. File
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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 struck the Southern California coast near Malibu on Feb. 9 afternoon and was widely felt in the Los Angeles region.

The quake struck at 1:47 p.m. at a depth of 13 kilometres, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The area is in the Santa Monica Mountains, roughly 35 miles (56 kilometres) west of downtown Los Angeles.

The earthquake was felt from the Malibu coast south to Orange County and east to downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that it was “widely felt” in Los Angeles, though there was no immediate indication of damage or injuries.

Feb. 9 is the 53rd anniversary of the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, which was recorded as magnitude 6.6. Also known as the Sylmar earthquake, it killed 64 people and caused over $500 million in damage.



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