4.2-magnitude earthquake rattles SCV

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the San Fernando Valley, a few miles south of the Santa Clarita Valley around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020. Courtesy of the United States Geological Survey
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A preliminary 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the San Fernando Valley, a few miles south of the Santa Clarita Valley, early Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

The epicenter is marked 2 kilometers north of Pacoima at around 4:29 a.m. An aftershock of magnitude 3.1 was recorded just less than 10 minutes later and at least four others were recorded of magnitudes between 2.7 and 3.8 from 6:48 to 7:24 a.m., based on USGS data. 

The USGS has said that following a “mainshock,” aftershocks can occur within hours, days or even years of the initial earthquake.

California Institute of Technology geologists said the initial quake occurred at a depth of 5.5 miles underground. 

SCV residents were among those across the L.A. Basin and even some in Orange County who reportedly felt the temblor. Multiple agencies, including the L.A. County Fire Department responded to the seismic event to conduct facility checks. 

Little to no damage was reported as a result of the earthquake. 

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