Earthquake Hits Off Channel Islands; Shaking Felt in Los Angeles, Across SoCal

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A magnitude-5.3 quake off the coast Thursday rattled a widespread part of Southern California.

Sgt. Eric Buscho, public information officer for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, says they have received no reports of significant injuries or damage, or an influx of 911 calls, in time since natural disaster struck. VIDEO: Seismologists discuss 5.3-magnitude quake The quake was approximately 9 miles deep, which is relatively deep for a California natural disaster, Caltech seismologist Dr. Jennifer Andrews and USGS seismologist Susan Huff said at an afternoon press conference.

The quake, triggered by off-shore faults that are part of a system that bends around the famous San Andreas Fault, was initially reported as a magnitude-5.0. The quake's preliminary depth was 10.4 miles.

An natural disaster with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 has hit off the shore of Southern California.

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"Earthquakes are not at all predictable".

She added that historical data indicates there's about a 1-in-20 chance that something bigger will happen in the next three days.

KTLA reported that shaking was felt in West LA, 85 miles east of the epicenter.

The Associated Press reported the Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode" and firefighters from all 106 of its firehouses began surveys of their territories, including bridges, dams, large buildings and power lines. "We now have no reports of damage or injuries", fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

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It tweeted: "A 5.3 quake just occurred 23 east-southeast Santa Rosa Island off the coast of SW #CAwx".

Some light structural damage was reported on the islands, but there were no other reports of any injuries or major damage.

A webcam captured eagle chicks in the Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island experiencing their first quake, according to the Institute for Wildlife Studies, which posted video on its YouTube channel. The quake was reported shortly after 12:25 p.m.

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