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LA earthquake scares residents: Is this a sign that the 'Big One' is near?

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The recent LA earthquake rattled several areas around Los Angeles and the seismic event caused celebrities to tweet about the incident. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the official seismic report service in the U.S., confirmed that the 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Cudahy, a city located in southeastern Los Angeles County, about two kilometers from the towns South Gate, Maywood and Bell, who also felt the quake.

After the minor quake, aftershocks were felt, but all of substantially lower magnitude. A significant portion of the population of La. particularly felt the phenomenon, according to yesterday's report from WLS-TV.

Although the earthquake gave many LA residents a brief scare, no reports of significant damage were registered. According to early accounts, the shaking lasted a few seconds and activated alarms in some homes. "I was getting ready in my bathroom when I felt the tremor," said Yvonne Villanueva, a resident of Los Angeles.

California has long feared the arrival of the "Big One," a devastating earthquake causing major damage in the region. This fear is because Calif. is located in the Ring of Fire, a zone of high seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean and on which the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 was located. About 90% of the world's earthquakes and 81% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.

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