Earthquake: 4.4 quake strikes Los Angeles, no reports of injuries

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By Ken Schwencke, Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives

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LOS ANGELES – A shallow, magnitude-4.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Westwood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:25 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5.0 miles.

Updated 6:38 a.m.

The quake was felt over a large area of Southern California. Metro said there might be some delays due to the temblor.

Updated at 6:41 a.m.

The USGS downgraded the quake to a 4.4 magntude. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department said there were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries. A spokeswoman from the Los Angeles Police Department also had no reports of damage.

Updated at 6:46 a.m.

The quake was felt most strongly in the Valley and Westside. According to the USGS “Did You Feel It” service, people reported feeling shaking as far east as Perris and as far south as San Clemente.

Updated at 6:52 a.m.

The LAFD said it is in “earthquake emergency mode as crews survey our City by ground and air; There are NO reports yet of any quake related injuries or damage.”

Updated at 6:58 a.m.

California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said there were no reports of any immediate problems on the freeways because of the earthquake. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and County Fire Department also said there were no reports of immediate damage.

“We did our initial survey and it was felt only. No reports of any damage,” said County Fire Supervisor Michael Pittman.

Stacey Dirks, the 25-year-old assistant manager at Noah’s New York Bagels in Westwood, was at work at the time and said “it just felt like a sudden shake, it was just like rapid and quick.”

No bagels fell off the shelves and “everything stayed in place” Dirks said.

Joe Ramallo of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said that as of 6:45 a.m. there were no reports of water main breaks or power outages immediately following the earthquake. But he said crews are conducting routine safety checks after the quake to ensure their durability.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills, seven miles from Universal City and seven miles from Santa Monica.

In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.