5.3 magnitude natural disaster strikes off southern California coast

Magnitude 5.3 Channel Islands earthquake felt in Santa Clarita

5.3-Magnitude Quake Shakes Southern California, Sways Buildings in LA

A 5.3 magnitude quake has struck off the coast of Los Angeles, shaking parts of southern California.

The temblor struck around 12:29 p.m. PT around 39 miles southwest of Oxnard, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Eyewitness News viewers reported feeling shaking in downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Jones, formerly of the USGS, described it as a "moderate"-size quake".

LAFD tweeted that their stations have entered "earthquake mode", but no injuries or damage were intially reported.

"That's part of life in Southern California".

The quake was more than three miles deep.

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We are aware of the 5.0 #Earthquake centered near Channel Islands.

One resident near Beverley Hills said she could feel the ground "rolling".

Some people in the Los Angeles area received about a 10-second warning before the shaking hit thanks to the state's quake early warning system, according to seismologists at the California Institute of Technology.

A strong quake struck the Channel Islands region on Thursday afternoon and rattled much of Southern California. "Magnitude 5.3 is a size that happens on average about once a year in Southern California".

Phivolcs says that an Intensity IV quake is considered "moderately strong" with a vibration that is "felt like a passing of heavy truck" and causes hanging objects to swing considerably.

Torr Leonard, a social media marketing manager, was working Thursday when he felt the quake strongly from the 6th floor of a 15-story office building in Encino.

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