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|Jolt Felt in Santa Monica Monday Night Nothing Unusual, Expert Says|
By Lookout Staff
May 2, 2017 -- Rumblings of an earthquake hitting Santa Monica swept through social media and news outlets late Monday night, but the small temblor was nothing unusual, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The 3.0 magnitude temblor hit at 10:28 p.m. near the Santa Monica fault between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades and was felt as far as the San Fernando Valley.
No damage or injuries were immediately reported, officials said.
The temblor was far from unusual, said Dr. Lucy Jones, a prominent seismologist and founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society.
"We live in earthquake country, folks," she tweeted shortly after the temblor.
Magnitude 3.0 “quakes happen in California every week,” she said. “The only thing different is the number of people living on top of it.”
Jones said that the Santa Monica fault is one of the "significant" faults in Los Angeles and is "not an usual spot for a quake."
The shallow shake, which had a depth of 8.7 km or 5.4 miles, had only a 5 percent chance of being a foreshock, Jone said.
The chance that is was a foreshock to a bigger earthquake was “much, much smaller,” she added.
Still, the USGS said that more than 2,000 people -- from the Westside to the Valley -- reported on its website that they had felt the jolt.
And countless more took to social media to express everything from sarcasm to anxiety, media reports said.
The Santa Monica Police Department posted a video on Twitter with tips on what to do during a temblor, which is to "drop, cover and hold on," City officials said.
"It's an important time for people to remember what to do," said Constance Farrell, the City's public information officer. "You need to have a plan and the supplies needed in case of an emergency."
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