Earthquake near downtown Los Angeles rattles Southern California

(via USGS)
(via USGS)

An earthquake centered about six miles northwest of Westwood was felt across Los Angeles this morning. The quake, which occurred at 6:25 a.m. local time, was initially reported to be a 4.7 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey; they downgraded it a few minutes ago to a 4.4 magnitude. It was a little more than 5 miles deep, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of any earthquake-related injuries or damage, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Earthquakes with magnitudes below 5 occur fairly commonly each year. There were more than 15,000 such quakes worldwide in 2012, according to the National Earthquake Information Center.

If you are in the area and felt anything, head here to report it.

UPDATE – 10:26 a.m.:

This footage from KTLA 5 in Los Angeles shows how the anchors responded to the earthquake interrupting their broadcast:

Anchors at KCAL9 called the quake “a really strong shaker”:

Television anchors exclaimed it's a "really strong shaker" as a magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit Los Angeles, rocking the walls of their studio. (Reuters)
Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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