A 4.0 magnitude earthquake was reported at 4:44 a.m. Monday morning near Inglewood, less than half an hour after a smaller shock hit the same area.
The small earthquake was felt in southern California, according to the US Geological Survey. The 3.3 temblor that preceded it struck at 4:15 am There were no immediate reports of damage.
The earthquake was centered near the intersection of Prairie and Century boulevards. It has performed less than a mile from Lennox, less than a mile from Hawthorne, a mile from Los Angeles, and a mile from Del Aire.
Earthquake expert Lucy Jones said on Twitter that the 4.0 magnitude quake was strong enough to be “felt by most people awake in Los Angeles,” but noted that it had occurred ” very deep ”into the earth, about 12 miles below. She added that it was probably not a mapped fault.
The 4.0 earthquake was followed by several small earthquakes in the Inglewood and Lennox area.
In the past 10 days, there have been three magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes centered nearby.
An average of five earthquakes with a magnitude between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in the Greater Los Angeles area, according to a recent sample of triennial data.
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