A 5 magnitude earthquake shakes Los Angeles
An earthquake of 5 degrees of magnitude shook the city of Los Angeles, United States, Sunday night, but it has been reported in the immediate casualties or damage, said the American Institute geological survey (USGS).
The earthquake, whose magnitude announced in a first time was 4.7 degrees was felt Sunday night at 20H39 local (03H39 GMT Monday). Its epicenter was located 15 km southeast of downtown Los Angeles and 13 km deep, the USGS said.
The earthquake was felt throughout the region, which shook all the buildings in Los Angeles, said witnesses.
Journalists from the AFP reported that the tremor, which lasted a few seconds, made objects falling from their shelves.
There were no immediate reports of major injuries or damage stemming from the quake.
To measure the power of an earthquake, the USGS uses the moment magnitude (Mw), which is directly linked to the parameters of the earthquake (surface and amount of slip on the fault). Open on this scale, an earthquake reaching a magnitude of 6 is considered strong.
Striated faults among the busiest in the world, California is living in fear of the "Big One", a devastating earthquake on the most important flaw, San Andreas, which is promised in the coming decades.
In July 2008, Los Angeles was shaken by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 degrees, the strongest recorded in 14 years.
In January 1994, an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 Northridge (40 miles northwest of Los Angeles), killed 60 people and left 10,000 injured.
Striated faults among the busiest in the world, California is living in fear of the "Big One", a devastating earthquake on the most important flaw, San Andreas, which scientists estimate that a 70% risk of occur in the next 30 years.
The recurrence of a "Big One" in Southern California is about 150 years and last occurred in 1857.