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4.0 Earthquake Rattles Off L.A. Basin Coast [Updated]

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A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck about 40 miles off the coast this evening. At 10:42 p.m., the quake rattled 39 miles south of Malibu and 40 miles west of Palos Verdes Point. It was located 32 miles northeast of San Nicolas Island, one of the five in Channel Islands National Park. Various people, from as far as the Santa Clarita Valley, reported feeling it on the USGS' Did You Feel It webpage.

Last week scientists theorized that Southern California is overdue for a massive earthquake along the San Andreas fault. It is unknown what caused tonight's earthquake. Nonetheless, always a good time to get prepared.

[Update: A 6.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico at 7:12 p.m.