"4.4 Earthquake Hits Los Angeles" News Anchors Dive Under Desk [Video]

A pre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin on Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage. The 4.4-magnitude quake was centered 2 miles from Encino and 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS seismologist Robert Graves called it a “typical” Southern California quake and said expectations were that damage would be slight, if it occurred at all. Los Angeles police and fire officials said there were no immediate reports of damage. Encino resident Joann Smith described the initial jolt as “a big crash” that shook her house. “My dog got out of bed and she came looking for me,” Smith said. “She was shivering terribly.” The 6:25 a.m. quake occurred at a depth of about 5 miles. There were several aftershocks, including one of 2.7 magnitude that caused very minor shaking, Graves said.
ABC US News | ABC Business News Marita Ipaktchia was in the kitchen at her Encino home when the quake hit, sending salt and pepper shakers and collectible glass figurines on her shelves crashing to the ground. News Anchors Dives Under Desk Live On Air As A 4.4 Earthquake Rumbles Through Los Angeles LA EARTHQUAKE 2014: Los Angeles, California | 4.4-Magnitude Earthquake Across Los Angeles



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