The disturbing quake occurred around 8:40 p.m. on May, 17 and created quite some damage across Southern Cali. The 4.7 seism struck southeast of Los Angeles International Airport, just 3 miles from the South Bay community of Lennox. It was followed by a 3.1 a few minutes later.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the initial point of origin was 8.4 miles below the surface. Although there were no serious damages, residents in the Lennox area reported serious shaking of their homes, accompanied with dishes falling off shelves. It seems that the Newport-Inglewood fault may have caused the quake but no official data has been released.
Spokesman Brian Humphrey said the assessment by the L.A. Fire Department found no casualties, no serious injuries and little structural damage. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lennox station said the quake was quite powerful but didn’t last more than 10 seconds and that so far there were no reports of major damage. The authorities checked all critical facilities for damage and made sure everything was in order.
KCAL-TV Channel 9 was the first to interview some people at shopping mall in Redondo Beach who said the seism shook the screen and made some tiles to fall but overall there were no major damage or injuries. KCAL also said there were reports of quite a few alarms going off and some people were cut by the broken glass. In Hawthorne, firefighters rushed to Chadron Avenue, because a light pole was damaged during the quake. Apparently one man suffered a heart attack but the exact causes are yet to be discovered so it may not be related to the earthquake.
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough said the seism occurred a bit deep, at 8.4 miles from the surface and that this kind of quake is felt smoother and less motion is created. Lucy Jones, seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, claims the quake was the result of a rupture on the Newport-Inglewood fault, which apparently isn’t capable of a larger, stronger quake, like the San Andreas fault can be. Nevertheless, it was responsible for the 1933 Long Beach seism which shook the ground at a 6.3 magnitude. Jones also said that this is an active fault, numerous magnitude 3s being reported over the years and mostly in 1980s. At first, the seism magnitude was registered as a 5 by automatic sensors but further research showed a 4.7 magnitude. It was followed by a 3.1 quake just 6 minutes later but again but major damage or injuries. Although the seism was of a lower magnitude, over 12,000 people reported feeling the quake as it struck near an inhabited area.
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