Small aftershock rattles downtown Los Angeles
A small but widely felt aftershock jolted the Los Angeles region Tuesday, two days after a magnitude-4.7 earthquake struck. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.world Updated: May 20, 2009 07:59 IST
A small but widely felt aftershock jolted the Los Angeles region Tuesday, two days after a magnitude-4.7 earthquake struck. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The magnitude-4.1 temblor hit at 3:49 pm (2249 GMT) and was centered 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of downtown Los Angeles near the Los Angeles International Airport, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists said the latest rattle was a typical aftershock.
No damage has been reported and there has been no increase in emergency calls, city fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
The quake was barely felt at the airport, but emergency workers were checking runways and other airport infrastructure just to make sure nothing was damaged, airport spokesman Tom Winfrey said. "It was very slight but as a precaution we always do that check," he said.
The aftershock occurred near the epicenter of Sunday's quake, which caused strong shaking in the beach towns south of the airport. Only light damage was reported.
Tuesday's quake was felt in the high desert city of Palmdale about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the north and in San Diego, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) to the south.
Esther Robertson, a cashier at a Burlington Coat Factory store near the epicenter in Hawthorne, said customers ran out of the store when the shaking began. "It was terrifying," she said.
First Published: May 20, 2009 07:44 IST