Moderate earthquake in Westwood, California (greater Los Angeles area) – Slight damage possible

Last update: March 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm by By

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Update 13:41 UTC : So far, nobody reported some damage (probably due to the very brief shaking). The LA METRO reports : Due to an earthquake, there will be minor delays on all Metro Rail lines while we inspect tracks and equipment. Update to follow.

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Update 13:41 UTC : USGS has lowered his initial Magnitude from 4.7 to 4.4. This together with the reports that the shaking was very brief is changing our exception into a mainly harmless earthquake. Slight damage like cracks in walls, a few broken window and fallen objects and tiles are always possible. Fire trucks and ambulances have been heard after the quake, but this may have been only precautionary.

Update 13:40 UTC : Jascha Polet reported : reverse faulting with strike-slip component at depth of 8 km

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9km (6mi) NNW of Westwood, California
10km (6mi) NW of Beverly Hills, California
12km (7mi) W of Universal City, California
12km (7mi) N of Santa Monica, California
562km (349mi) SSE of Sacramento, California

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.39

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-03-17 06:25:37

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-03-17 13:25:37

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 9.88 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Greater Los Angeles Area, Calif. Mar 17 17:07 2.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Westwood, California Mar 17 17:07 2.5 6 MAP I Felt It
USGS Westwood, California Mar 17 14:23 2.6 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greater Los Angeles Area, Calif. Mar 17 14:23 2.6 9 MAP I Felt It
WCATWC 90 Miles Se Of Bakersfield California Mar 17 13:26 4.9 8 MAP I Felt It
  • culver city - No damage here...
  • Los Angeles - Just really scared me!
  • Oxnard - Heard the loud bang and felt shaking that seemed to last or about 5-10 seconds. No damage but my parakeet fell off of his perch!
  • 8425 Blackburn - woke me up and was still shaking for a moment
  • Beverly Hills - I haven't seen any damage.
  • Westwood - Woke up all three kids. Short in duration, but came on quickly! Fairly strong shaking.... as we are only 6km from reported epicenter. One of the stronger ones I have felt in this house in the past 14 years. Always amazes me that you can "hear" an earthquake as well as feel one.
  • USGS Westwood, California Mar 17 13:25 4.4 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Los Angeles - 6:27 am pacific time felt relatively strong shaking. On third floor of my building.
  • California - Weak shaking, could hear coat hangers in wardrobe banging against each other
  • Camarillo - Brief light shaking, side to side, no damage
  • Santa Clarita - Only lasted a few seconds
  • moorpark - there was a wave through the house, so far no dammage
  • Irvine - Felt a quick jiggle - thought it was a quake and then it immediately was announced on the news that it was in the Los Angeles area.
  • Лос-Анджелес - Ничего не повреждено
  • Apple Valley - About 20 seconds after I saw the news crew on Channel 5 KTLA duck and cover, we got some very light shaking here for a couple of seconds. The house creaked a bit, but no apparent damage.
  • Los Angeles - Nothing too bad, just enough shaking to wake me up at 6am
  • Tarzana - I was sleeping, I woke up right before the quake. I'm sleeping on the floor right next to the tv, it was a frightening sight; if it were going to be one of those bigger quakes, thankfully it wasn't.
  • Northridge, CA - House shook for 3 secs, my conure flipped out. It was over
  • Oxnard, CA - Just felt the ground move, with old windows rattling.
  • Riverside - The shaking woke me up from my sleep!
  • Thousand Oaks, CA - Felt shake
  • Los Angeles - Felt around 6:30am. Was on the couch and I heard a distant rumble. Suddenly my whole apartment was shaking, thing rattling and breaking. My cat darts across the room terrified. I become very alarmed and begin to get up to run outside, but the shaking fades. Soon after I hear many ambulance and fire truck alarms blare across the street, which probably means significant damage was done.
  • Whittier - little shaking - a few seconds -
  • Los Angeles, CA - Para quem nunca sentiu um terremoto, chega a dar medo!!!
  • Saugus, CA - No damage. I felt this while sitting in my truck. At first I thought someone was bouncing up and down in the bed of my ram 1500. Pretty strong.
  • thousand oaks - a few seconds of jiggling while in my chair at work. no apparent damage to anything.
  • Burbanl - 6:30 a.m.Lasted about 30 seconds. Very loud. No damage noted so far
  • Pico Rivera - It was a side to side jolt. Very short in duration
  • Topanga Canyon - house on stilts shaking woke me up
  • San Marino - The tremor woke me up.
  • Camarillo - Minor side to side shaking...no damage
  • Simi Valley - Quick jiggle, then stopped
  • Los Angeles - Woke me up, biggest one in a while. Seemed long.
  • North Hollywood Ca - No damage but strong shaking for a few seconds! Scary !
  • Simi Valley - Hit around 6:27 am and lasted maybe 15 seconds. No noticeable damage
  • Encino - The windows rattled. It was very short though and no major after shocks
  • LA County - Felt the shaking at 6:30 am while in bed.
  • Laguna,CA - No Damage Rolling minor shaking... Aftershock 3 minutes later.
  • Glendale, CA - No property damage. Just awoken by the shaking and rattling of things on top of the drawer.
  • Los Angeles - No known damage
  • Moreno Valley - No damage, very light shaking for roughly one second
  • Hancock Park California - building where i work is built on rollers so the shaking/rolling were somewhat strong & lasted about 15 - 30 seconds. nothing broken/everyone is fine
  • Huntington Park - Minor roll then increased shaking
  • Palos verdes - No damage.
  • Moorpark - Felt little shaking, could hear the windows shaking for about 5 seconds then it stopped. Nothing major.
  • Santa Monica - No damage
  • Burbank - Few seconds then over. Stuff on wall shook, cats ran under bed
  • Thousand Oaks - I was sleeping but then startled by the shaking at around 6:30
  • Santa Monica - Hi! Well, strong rolling shaking....my bookcase almost tipped over! 3-4 seconds...I sensed it was a 4-5....it turned out to be a 4.7. Nice wake up call on a Happy St. Patty's Day!! X:-)
  • Burbank - Woke me up and scared the crap out of me. I think I heard the upstairs neighbour fall off their bed and hit the ground. Good because they're annoying and loud. Now I can't sleep. I'm going to be tired all day at work. No damage that I know of except my sleep.
  • Los angeles - I was shaken awake mainly scary because the initial part of the quake was like a huge jolt then some after shakes
  • Riverside CA - woke me up as i was sleeping! :p
  • Northridge - It was strong enough to wake me out of my sleep and alarm me. Other than that no damage was done.
  • Fullerton - No damage
  • Calabasas - no damage
  • Beverly Hills - We were sleeping when the earthquake hit. Our house shook slowly but violently (in our opinion). I didn't know what had happened i.e. if it was an earthquake or some rocks that had slid down the mountainside (which is what happened recently after the rains, but without shaking or any other evidence other than visible rocks). We were genuinely shaken up and awoke with fright and with our hears pounding.
  • Burbank CA - Woke up my entire family!
  • Los Angeles - It woke us up. Everything was shaking.
  • Westwood Village - Was jolted awake!
  • Torrance cCA - It woke me up out of a dead sleep. Im still shaking beacuse of it. Even tho it was small it was scary.
  • Los Angeles - The earthquake was strong enough to wake me and my boyfriend up from our sleep. Our closet doors were rattling but there was no damage.
  • Los Angeles - It woke me out of my sleep around 6 AM
  • Northridge, CA - No property damage noted at our home, but we felt the quake as strong and sharp. Definitely got us out of bed and under doorways. The dog jumped up and ran to the middle of the room. Rattling as things moved in cabinets. Fixtures swung.
  • Santa Monica - No damage, just shaking and swaying. I'm visiting from NY so a little freaked out.
  • Studio City - statue fell off of fireplace and shattered onto hardwood floor. various items moved around the house.
  • WestWood - Very short indeed
  • Stevenson Ranch, CA - very brief-felt bed move for one second. thought I imagined but looked up info. quite surprising to find on usgs
  • Sherman Oaks - Things fell from shelves. Bed jolted. I knew it was near a 5. Scary!
  • Laguna Beach - felt it in bed distant shock wave
  • Los Angeles - On the third floor, heard the windows rattle and mild shaking.
  • Burbank - It had a very big initial impact. Pictures shook, one fell off the wall. I found it to be very scary.
  • Northridge - Woke up right before it hit due to the loud trash trucks that like to slam our bins. Noticed small shaking at first then a hard hit followed by small shaking. Entire event generally lasted about +- 30 seconds.
  • Northridge - Felt like the earth was shaking very fast vertically.
  • West Hills - Woke everyone up!!!
  • Hollywood - Things fell off there shelves and my bed was moved slightly to the left (with me in it)
  • Palms, CA - I heard it coming. Then boom! Started shaking my house for about 11 seconds.
  • Los Angeles - A l'hotel, ca m'a reveille durant mon sommeil BES 6:20 Ça a tremble quelque secondes, pas de dommages apparents.
  • Riverside CA - 6:25 a.m. light shaking awoke me. No damage.
  • Glendale - I was on the third level of my condo when I felt the shaking. A mirror on the wall shook and my cat was frightened.
  • Panorama City - I am a 12 year old and I was sleeping today Monday and its around 6 and 7 am
  • Van Nuys CA - It was more than4.7 i am in van nuys. Shook me my bed , windows very harshly.
  • Canoga Park - The ground was shaking for 10 seconds. It woke us up and was moving vertically. No damage but felt it.
  • Riverside CA - it was light roll through 3 seconds after it shook it I saw it on real time on channel 5.
  • Ventura, Ca - slight shaking felt here.
  • Santa Monica - really strong shaking. only a few loose photos fell down. scarry
  • West Hollywood, CA - Was standing up in my 2nd floor hotel room, felt like a roller coaster under my feet. Nothing fell over or damaged, in a few seconds it was over.
  • El Rio - The mobile home shook side to side for about 5 seconds. No damge though
  • Hollywood Area - Loud sound, then shaking. A few small items fell off shelves and broke in 3rd floor apartment near Sunset and Vine.
  • Lancaster - shook the house it was scary
  • Los Angeles - I was sleeping, when, all of a sudden, in the middle of the night, I got waken up with something shaking my bed, not too much but enough to start getting alarmed. I got up and I realized the entire room was subjected to that movement, even if slight, and I open the window to check out the area outside... all of this in 5 seconds. And in 5 seconds, the shake stopped definitely. No damages.
  • Los Angeles - Woke up to loud thunderous bang. While in bed, I felt the entire room shake for at least 3-5 seconds. 6:30 AM, third floor, no damage, immediately followed by birds chirping . It was unreal.
  • Valley Village - Woke up, heard the undeniable rumbling, along with my closet doors rumbling loudly. Place shaking pretty strong too.
  • Beverly Hills - Bark of trees fell, aftershocks happend, wall shaking crazy, vision looks like your being nausea.
  • Beverly Hills - Walls moving, bark of trees fell off, vision looks like nausea, cars stopped, no damage except for trees, cracks on sidewalks, and woke everyone up.
  • Paramount - Me desperto un movimiento estando todavia acostada, duro poco, pero senti que todo se movia un poco, no fue tan leve, pero al parar me levante y estaba todo bien.
  • Santa Barbara - woke up at 6:25 ish thinking my husband was shaking the bed
  • Northridge - I woke up and freaked out. Fell off my bed. :
  • Santa Clatita - (Foi rápido. Estava dormindo, mas deu até para me acordar. Senti a casa tremor toda. É bem assutador.
  • Westwood - Estava dormindo qdo fui acordada como se estivesse sido chacoalhada dentro de uma caixa e os carros alarmando na rua pensei que o prédio fosse cair!!! Medaaaao!!!
  • Covina - Cats freaked out
  • Fullerton - No damage to property, some broken ceramics. Lots of aftershocks continue. Many are strong
  • Yoruba Linda, California - Sitting in restaurant, getting ready to leave. Felt several seconds of moderate shaking.
  • Riverside Calif - I live In corona California wtich is one hour form Los angeles Im right next to the san Andreas fault line.....
  • Brea, CA - Weak aftershock
  • Fullerton - Walls crack and room shakes
  • Buena Park, Ca - Felt it, and rocked my house back and forth
  • Paramount,California - Fue algo k no esperábamos el temblor pork un temblor moderado solo para un solo movimiento ski hubo dos movimientos k fue lo k nos asusto briinco y después como movimientos d lado fue algo k no habíamos sentido antes lo hemos sentido pero todos d un mismo lugar
  • Northhills - I felt it. I just moved out it here to CA. I was if my bed was slightly swaying. very mild.
  • long beach - I was in a class at csulb and everyone felt it, but when I asked family and friends no one knew what I was talking about
  • Woodland Hills - It woke me up!!
  • Torrance - No known damage to motel. I was on the 3rd floor and my king- sized bed started shaking and it woke me up. I also heard what sounded like 2 different walls shifting. Another person at the near by Laundromat said he felt it too.
  • EMSC Greater Los Angeles Area, Calif. Mar 17 13:25 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
  • North Hills - no damage. heard a loud noise then felt the shaking. my first earthquake experience!
  • GEOFON Southern California Mar 17 13:25 4.5 12 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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