Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake and Aftershocks Jolt Los Angeles Area

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled Los Angeles on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Credit: USGS)

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled the Los Angeles area early Thursday morning.

The quake struck at 4:29 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was just north of the city of San Fernando, which is right outside of Los Angeles.

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Initially registered as a magnitude 4.3 quake, the temblor was downgraded by the U.S.G.S. a short time later.

People in the San Fernando Valley, downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Pasadena reported feeling the quake on social media. It was followed by a magnitude 3.3 aftershock. Another aftershock, this one registering at 3.9, struck at 6:48 a.m.

CBS2 Los Angeles was broadcasting its morning newscast when the initial earthquake struck. The station posted video on Twitter of its morning anchor team and a makeup artist inside a rattling broadcast studio.

There were no significant reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“The LAFD has concluded the systematic survey of the City of Los Angeles by ground and air, and is pleased to report that no major infrastructure damage was noted by our personnel in the City of Los Angeles, and that there has been no loss of life or serious injury that we can directly attribute to the M4.2 earthquake,” the LAFD said in a statement.