California Earthquake
Egill Hauksson, a Caltech seismologist, talks about an early morning earthquake during a news conference at Caltech in Pasadena, Calif, on Monday, March 17, 2014.  Nick Ut—AP

Morning Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles

Mar 17, 2014

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake rattled the Los Angeles metropolitan area on Monday morning.

The epicenter of the quake was located just north of the city's Beverly Hills neighborhood, near Westwood, and seven miles north of Santa Monica, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 6:25 a.m. local time.

Residents of Los Angeles reported feeling the earthquake, though the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted that it had no immediate reports of damage or injury.

"It felt like our bed was being pulled side-to-side pretty forcefully for maybe 5 seconds," said Christy Ann Nutter, who lives in Westwood, several miles from the quake's epicenter. But she said it wasn't forceful enough to wake the whole household. "Our 3 1/2 year old slept right through it."

News anchors on local station KTLA were startled and ducked beneath a desk for cover when the ground beneath them started shaking.

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