Now that was a 4.5 Earthquake, Los Angeles
Ohhh, that was a nice 20 to 30 second rumbler too. Tonight's 4.5 earthquake, minutes before 1:00 a.m., comes on the heels of last night's 7.5 quake in Indonesia, Southern Japan's 6.4 earthquake and a Earthquake Conference, sponsored by SCAG, that took place yesterday morning in Ontario. The epicenter is in the Santa Susana Mountains north of the intersection of the 118 freeway and Topanga Canyon Blvd. near the split of the San Fernando and Simi Valleys.
A light earthquake occurred at 12:58:49 AM (PDT) on Thursday, August 9, 2007. The magnitude 4.5 event occurred 7 km (4 miles) NNW of Chatsworth, CA. The hypocentral depth is 6 km ( 3 miles). [USGS]
At 1:44 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Deparment spokesperson Brian Humphrey (read our interview with him) announced via a text alert that "there have been no 9-1-1 calls to our agency, nor any reports of injury or damage as the result of seismic activity in Chatsworth, CA this morning." Humphrey told LAist from the Operations Command Center, a few stories underground of City Hall East where the quake was not felt, that dispatchers reported only media calls.
One commenter on a Los Angeles Times message board wrote: "Was watching Transformers at the AMC in Woodland Hills. The theater started shaking near the end of the final battle scene and everyone was looking around wondering what's going on (is this some weird special effect). Most everyone left right away and I missed the end of the movie!"
And another commenter added: "Great, now I think the earthquake might have released some zombies controlled by Jesus. No sleep for me tonight, I'm just gonna point the shotgun at the door and wait this thing out."
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