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Natural disaster of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Mindanao in Philippines, reports USGS

Magnitude 5.3 Channel Islands earthquake felt in Santa Clarita 5.3-Magnitude Quake Shakes Southern California, Sways Buildings in LA
Charlie Simmons | 06 April, 2018, 04:14

LOS ANGELES- A magnitude 5.3 natural disaster struck Thursday afternoon under the ocean off Southern California and was felt widely along the mainland coast, but there were no immediate reports of damage except to a chimney on one of the Channel Islands.

A USGS map shows the location of a magnitude 5.3 quake that struck off the Channel Islands around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018.

According to the department, during natural disaster mode, firefighters from all 106 neighborhood fire stations survey all 470 square miles in the greater Los Angeles area.

Tsunami warnings have not been issued for coastal areas and no major damage or injuries have been reported, according to authorities.

The quake was centered just off the Ventura County coast.

Channel Islands National Park spokeswoman Yvonne Menard tells The Associated Press that bricks fells at a ranch building on Santa Cruz Island that dates back to the 1860s.

The USGS is reporting a 5.3 magnitude quake near the Channel Islands. Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the offshore faults that produced Thursday's quake are part of the system that moves Southern California around a bend of the San Andreas fault.

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"That's part of life in Southern California".

The temblor was felt as far away as Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Palmdale and the city of Orange, according to local media reports.

Emergency-response agencies say California residents should use Thursday's shaker as a reminder to formulate an natural disaster plan as well as the importance of having an quake kit ready and available.

"I didn't feel much, but then my co-workers said they felt an natural disaster", she said.

There were no reports of significant damage due to the quake. "We know that it's coming", Swindle said.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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