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Wednesday, Nov 29, 2023

Earthquake Rattles Valley With No Damage

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the East San Fernando Valley early Thursday morning, but reportedly caused no significant damage or injuries. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 4:29 a.m. in the Pacoima-Sylmar area, about 5.5 miles underground. The tremor was initially recorded as a 4.5, but later reduced to a 4.2. It was followed by a 3.3-magnitude aftershock about 10 minutes later. A USGS “Did You Feel It” map shows the quake was felt as far North as Bakersfield, as far South as San Diego and as far West as San Louis Obispo. The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Nancy Hoffman Vanyek said that while everyone is talking about the earthquake, she hasn’t heard of any tangible damages suffered by business owners in her network. She said she personally felt the earthquake “jolt” her residence in Santa Clarita but added it didn’t feel severe enough to warrant an emergency reaction. Officials at San Fernando’s City Hall also said they hadn’t received reports of any damages as of about 2 p.m. Thursday. According to a report from the Los Angeles Fire Department, “The LAFD has concluded the systematic survey of the city of Los Angeles by ground and air, and is pleased to report that no major infrastructure damage was noted by our personnel in the city of Los Angeles, and that there has been no loss of life or serious injury that we can directly attribute to the M4.2 earthquake.”

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