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Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Southern California coast

07 April 2018

The Channel Islands National Park, one of the destinations closest to the epicenter, reported no immediate damage of injuries, spokeswoman Yvonne Menard said.

No significant damage was reported, but some bricks fell from a chimney at a historic ranch on one of the islands.

"Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas explained the section wasldquo;earthquake mode", which he included was routine protocol.

That quake was reportedly felt as far south as Santa Maria, the USGS said. It struck near the Channel Islands, about 40 miles from Oxnard, Calif.

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Thursday's quake was the strongest to hit the area since a 6.0-magnitude quake struck in 1981, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing Egill Hauksson, a seismologist at Caltech.

People took to social media to document the quake affecting their area.

Officials from various emergency-response agencies said residents should use the quake as a reminder to formulate an escape plan, prepare and natural disaster kit for their homes and cars and follow the advice to "drop, cover and hold on" when shaking occurs.

The warning was long "enough for us to puzzle about it before the shaking hit", Southern California Earthquake Center Director John Vidale told the Los Angeles Times.

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Thankfully, the same is true for the people in the Santa Cruz region who felt the shaker on the mainland, though it was the largest felt in the Golden State in several years.

"It's a regular sort of natural disaster that we expect somewhere in Southern California", Jones told KTLA. "We now have no reports of damage or injuries", fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

"We would expect aftershocks, and there is the potential for some triggered seismicity", Andrews said.

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Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Southern California coast