A 3.6-magnitude earthquake hits Granada Hills area in LA

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Granada Hills area Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

Earthquake hit shortly after 11:40 p.m. and hit nearly two miles north-northeast from Granada Hills, according to the USGS. The depth of the temblor was about four miles.

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The earthquake felt by people in various parts of the San Fernando Valley. The shaking was felt over an area stretching from Oxnard to the western side of the Inland Empire, and from Santa Ana up to the Antelope Valley.

 

“We are monitoring preliminary reports of a magnitude 3.6 #earthquake in the LA area. There are no reports of any damage and/or injuries to the LAPD at this time,” Los Angeles police said on Twitter.

 

Los Angeles Fire Department said no major infrastructure damage was reported and they have resumed normal operations.

 

The earthquake’s epicenter was in area of the Van Norman Lakes Reservoir, near the intersection of the 405, 5 and 118 freeways. Back in 1971, the “Van Norman dam” was replaced after the magnitude 6.6 Sylmar earthquake that nearly caused a collapse, and forced a sweeping evacuation of about 80,000 people. And its replacement dam also survived the magnitude 6.7 earthquake of 1994 with no damage.

In the L.A. region, many earthquake faults lie underneath this part, such as strands of the Sierra Madre fault zone.

In the greater Los Angeles area, an average of five earthquakes with magnitudes from 3.0 to 4.0 occur per year, according to a recent three-year data sample. The Tuesday night’s earthquake occurred at a depth of 4.3 miles.

The earthquake shaking could be felt in Marina del Rey,Santa Monica, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, the Hollywood Hills, downtown L.A., the Santa Clarita, San Gabriel Valley and Ventura County.

The Fire Department of Los Angeles said that there were no early reports of significant damage or injury, but as a standard precaution officials are patrolling in the area with vehicles and helicopters.