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Few Report Feeling 6.3-Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake 163 miles south-southwest of Avalon is barely felt in the South Bay.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Friday morning in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said no damage or injuries were reported as a result of the quake.

The temblor struck at 2:36 a.m. at a depth of seven miles 163 miles south-southwest of Avalon in an area of shallow faulting where "the Pacific (tectonic) plate moves to the northwest with respect to the North America plate ..." according to a USGS statement.

It has been more than 40 years since an earthquake has struck in that part of the ocean, according to the USGS.

The quake was felt over a wide area from Ventura to Lancaster in the north to Ensenada and Mexicali, Mexico, in the south, according to the USGS. Nevertheless, only about a dozen people in Palos Verdes—and a handful of people in the Beach Cities—reported feeling it, according to the Community Internet Intensity Map.

As of 9:15 a.m., more than 2,500 people had reported feeling the temblor. Most felt weak to light shaking.

"It was a mild rolling for probably about 10-15 seconds," said Sgt. Robert Renteria of the Los Angeles County sheriff's Avalon Station. "We didn't receive one call from anyone."

—Nicole Mooradian contributed to this report.

Justin December 14, 2012 at 06:13 PM
6.3 is pretty big. Imagine if that had caused a tsunami. It would've been 3 in the morning. No one would've felt the earthquake. And the initial wave would've hit us within a matter of minutes. Granted, I'm not a seismologist or an oceanographer, but I'd say we dodged a bullet on that one. If the conditions had been right (or wrong), and that quake had been a little bigger, the people living in the Basin would've woken up to find their homes floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Call me paranoid, but I can't help but notice those tsunami evacuation signs every time I'm in Hermosa. Granted, I live right on the beach, so I can't be that paranoid, but I wouldn't mind having a little bit of cliff in between me and the ocean, like those Peevers up there.
Shorty December 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Does California have a tsunami warning system along the coastal cities and L.A. in the event of a coastal earthquake?
Shorty December 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Does California have a warning system along the L.A. and Orange County coastlines in the event of a tsunami?
Gabrielle December 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Nice to know the reason my glass curio cabinet was jiggling a bit. Other than having the house suddenly haunted i thought it must be an earthquake. I am a night person and this was one with no sway and no jolt. More like the vibration from a large truck going by. I live in lunada bay. Gabi
Marcelle McCullough December 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
For those that want to be better prepared consider taking a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). Palos Verdes Peninsula www.pvpcert.org/ Redondo Beach www.rbcertaa.org Manhattan Beach www.mbcerta.org You should be able to find dates posted for 2013 within the next week or two.

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