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Short but heart thumping earthquake rattles Los Angeles

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We didn’t need the LA Times to tell us there was an earthquake a about 5:20 a.m. this morning, the very brief but jolting, heart thumping tremor woke this writer and her husband up along with most of our neighbors in the Hollywood Hills. The scariest part is the quake came 20 years and a few hours after the big Northridge eruption that none of us will ever forget.

Back to the LA Times, we did rely on the web site for some details it reported such as although the quake was only a 2.6 on the Richter scale it’s shallowness, near Universal City, made it feel four times stronger (to us anyway). the

The Times reported that earthquake struck about two miles from Universal City at 5:26 a.m. (yup what we saw) at a depth of .1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and that the epicenter was four miles from West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and five miles from Hollywood, according to the USGS.

According to USGS there have been three earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby over the past 10 days (which yours truly did not feel). The massive Northridge earthquake on Jan. 17, 1994, registering a magnitude of 6.7, killed about 60 people and injured thousands.

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