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A 4.2 Quake Struck Off The Coast Of Malibu And Santa Monica Overnight

A map of the Southern California Coast has a series of blue squares indicating where reports came in from people who felt a 4.2 earthquake
The star indicates the epicenter of an early morning 4.2 quake off the coast of Malibu, with the colored squares representing the locations of people who felt it
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A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck overnight near Malibu — followed by a series of aftershocks.

The 2 a.m. shaking jolted people awake, followed by six aftershocks, the largest being a 3.5 quake just minutes after the first. The most recent was a 1.6 registering about 6 a.m.

L.A. City Fire says it conducted a 470 square-mile survey, and no damage or injuries have been reported.

The quake was nine miles deep and centered offshore, nearly 10 miles south of Malibu and 15 miles southwest of Santa Monica.

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If you did feel something, the USGS encourages you to report it via their Shake map, which provides data to scientists studying earthquakes. As of sunrise Wednesday, nearly 9,000 people had made a report, most living relatively close to the epicenter.

A 2.3 quake centered in Sherman Oaks earlier this week got fewer than 300 reports.

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