Preliminary 4.2 Earthquake Hits in Pacoima Area

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 struck the San Fernando Valley Thursday around 4:29 a.m. this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Today’s quake are garden variety California quakes. In an area with lots of faults and both the 1994 Northridge and 1971 Sylmar quakes. The good [ordinary> life of the Golden State

— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) July 30, 2020

The shaker hit between the 210 and 5 freeways, about 1 mile north of Pacoima.

The quake was initially registered as a magnitude 4.3 quake but downgraded about 10 minutes later by the U.S.G.S. It was almost immediately followed by a magnitude 3-point-3 aftershock.

#earthquake preliminary mag 4.2 near San Fernando. In Santa Monica near the coast sensation was slow then a fast rattle shaking whole house with pictures on walls shaking. No damage in home. No damage flights running from LAPD Air Support due to low cloud ceiling.@KNX1070

— Pete Demetriou (@knxpete) July 30, 2020

People have reportedly felt the movement as far away as Lake Forest in Orange County. Residents in Venice, Rancho Cucamonga and Santa Clarita also reported feeling the earthquake.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said it immediately implemented its post-earthquake protocols, with fire department vehicles and helicopters patrolling its 470 square-mile jurisdiction to look for damages or residents experiencing emergencies. No damages or injuries were immediately reported.

The Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments reported normal operations, but both strongly encouraged residents to be prepared in the event of a major earthquake.

#earthquake preliminary mag 4.2 near San Fernando. In Santa Monica near the coast sensation was slow then a fast rattle shaking whole house with pictures on walls shaking. No damage in home. No damage flights running from LAPD Air Support due to low cloud ceiling.@KNX1070

— Pete Demetriou (@knxpete) July 30, 2020

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

If an earthquake happens in your area, follow the below steps. 

Drop, Cover, then Hold On!

If in a vehicle, pull over and stop.

If in bed, stay there.

If outdoors, stay outdoors.

Do not get in a doorway.

Do not run outside.

This is a developing story.
CNS contributed to this story.