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4.0 earthquake rattles L.A. coastal area

May 15, 2013|By Kate Mather
  • A map showing the earthquake that hit near Palos Verdes.
A map showing the earthquake that hit near Palos Verdes. (USGS )

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean six miles south of Point Fermin.

No damage was immediately reported, but the earthquake was felt over a large swath of the coast, south to Huntington Beach and north to Playa del Rey, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy at the Lomita Station said units were checking the area’s “critical facilities” but said there were no immediate reports of damage.

A woman who answered the phone for the Ranchos Palos Verdes Public Works Department said there were no reported problems, but called the temblor “a real good jolt.”

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