5.4 earthquake rattles southern California, says USGS

Los Angeles, July 8 (AFP) A magnitude 5.4 earthquake rattled Los Angeles, San Diego and parts of southern California today, the United States Geological Survey said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 0523 IST, was located 22 kilometres northwest of Borrego Springs, 94 kilometres northeast of San Diego, and at a depth of 11.7 kilometres, USGS said on its web site.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck just as people headed home from their jobs and it was felt for about 30 seconds in San Diego, Los Angeles and other parts of southern California. It was felt most in high rises.

Authorities in Los Angeles, which was 245 kilometres away from the quake’s epicentre, said the city’s international airport was operating normally.

The USGS lists earthquakes as “strong” from 6.0 magnitude upwards.

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