Magnitude 5.3 quake hits off Southern California coast, shaking Los Angeles

A strong natural disaster centered off the Ventura County coast rocked parts of Southern California Thursday, swaying buildings in a wide area of Los Angeles. Its epicenter was about nine miles north, northwest of Pawnee, about 21 miles southeast of Ponca City, about 26 miles north, northeast of Stillwater and about 78 miles north, northeast of Oklahoma City.

"We have not had any reports of casualties or damage", police officer Hasmin Mondilla told AFP by telephone.

The island nation is a part of the infamous Ring of Fire region, where about 90 percent of the world's tremors happen, according to the reports.

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The Los Angeles city fire department said it is in "earthquake mode", a strategic posture during which firefighters from the agency's 106 neighbourhood stations provide "a complete and strategic survey of over 470 sq miles in the greater Los Angeles area to ensure safety for all", the fire department said in a press release.

A USGS ShakeMap shows an quake that struck off the Channel Islands on April 5, 2018.

Some people in the Los Angeles area received about a 10-second warning before the shaking hit thanks to the state's natural disaster early warning system, according to seismologists at the California Institute of Technology.

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Several Santa Clarita residents felt a brief, minor rumble Thursday for a 5.3 quake.

The quake hit at a depth of 61km at 11.30am local time.

"It is Southern California, we are natural disaster country".

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