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An natural disaster measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit off the Southern California coast on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the natural disaster struck about 35 miles southwest of Channel Island Beach.

According to the department, during quake mode, firefighters from all 106 neighborhood fire stations survey all 470 square miles in the greater Los Angeles area.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage by far.

The location of today's quake off the coast of Mindanao.

The quake occurred at a depth of 10.5 miles (16.8 kilometers) and the epicenter was closest - 17 miles (27 kilometers) - to Santa Cruz Islands, which is part of Channel Islands National Park. LAFD officials said firefighters found no damage during the survey, which was done in the air and on the ground, and no injuries were reported.

An early warning system did alert residents in Los Angeles before the shaking was felt, Caltech confirms.


Some people in the Los Angeles area received about a 10-second warning before the shaking hit thanks to the state's quake early warning system, according to seismologists at the California Institute of Technology.

Torr Leonard, a social media marketing manager, was working Thursday when he felt the natural disaster strongly from the 6th floor of a 15-story office building in Encino.

"I think the Magnitude 5.3 would have been felt in (the Santa Clarita Valley)", Hough said, "earthquakes like this - they're not a daily occurrence, but they're not uncommon".

"It is Southern California, we are quake country".

Leonard said it was "pretty scary" and couldn't help but wonder whether it was going to be a "little tremor" or "the Big One that they're always talking about".

Check back for updates on this developing story.


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