The USGS initially declared the St. Patrick’s Day rumble to have reached a 4.7 magnitude
An earthquake shook Los Angeles area awake on Monday morning.
The 4.4 magnitude quake near Westwood, Ca., struck at 6:25 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazard Program. The USGS initially declared the seismic activity to have reached a 4.7 magnitude.
The epicenter (see map above) was six miles from Westwood, six miles from Beverly Hills, seven miles from Universal City and seven miles from Santa Monica.
“Cosmos” host and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson was quick to put the geological rumbling into perspective for his Twitter followers.
“If this morning’s LA quake was less than Mag 5, note such quakes occur more than 10,000 times per year somewhere in the world,” Tyson.
Others living in the L.A. area took to Twitter with less informative tweets acknowledging the quake.
LA Earthquake? More like a Shamrock Shake. (Nailed it)
– Kevin O’Neill (@KevinBuffalo) March 17, 2014
The earthquake just passed Ellen’s selfie for most tweeted thing this year. #earthquake
Now I don’t have to clean up my room. Because an earthquake DID hit.
RIP the 4.7 million dead from the #earthquake – you will be missed!
– timheidecker (@timheidecker) March 17, 2014
So wait, the morning I get to Chile there’s an earthquake in Los Angeles? Are people running out of their houses naked? Indulge me here.
– Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) March 17, 2014
How every gangster in LA woke up from the earthquake http://t.co/sCqUwN2RRU
– Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) March 17, 2014
KTLA anchors Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble were live on the air when the quake struck, and their reaction was priceless: