5.3 magnitude quake strikes off southern California coast

The gold star is the location of a magintude-5.3 earthquake off of Santa Cruz Island on Thursday

The gold star is the location of a magintude-5.3 earthquake off of Santa Cruz Island on Thursday

A 5.3-magnitude quake struck in the Channel Islands region on Thursday afternoon, about 38 miles southwest of the mainland city of Ventura, California, and about 86 miles west of Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey said.

Authorities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties did not report any immediate damage.

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The temblor was centered 23 miles east-southeast of Santa Rosa Island and 36 miles southwest of Channel Islands Beach, according to the USGS.

The island is largely unpopulated but does have some research facilities, historic buildings and hosts campers.

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National Weather Service officials said there was no threat of a tsunami from the off-shore quake.

A report warned how a huge quake of this size could kill 1,800 people, injure 53,000, and cause $214billion (£162billion) of damage.

Seismologist Lucy Jones told NBC Los Angeles: "This is a completely normal sort of quake for Southern California".

The 5.3-magnitude natural disaster that rattled Southern California on Thursday was the strongest in the area several years, scientists said.

One resident near Beverley Hills said she could feel the ground "rolling".

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The quake was centered just off the Ventura County coast.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was also assessing the region for damage.

"I've felt earthquakes before, but not like this in a long while!"

"We recognise that the probability of having a large natural disaster goes up".

"I think the Magnitude 5.3 would have been felt in (the Santa Clarita Valley)", Hough said, "earthquakes like this - they're not a daily occurrence, but they're not uncommon".

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