5.3 magnitude natural disaster strikes off southern California coast

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SoCal's strongest quake since 2014 rattled Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Thursday, swaying buildings in a wide area stretching from Woodland Hills to West Los Angeles to Burbank.

Last year, scientists at US space agency NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory calculated a 99.9 percent probability for a magnitude 5 or larger quake to strike the greater Los Angeles area between April 1, 2015, and April 1, 2018.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.

Fox News' Trace Gallagher in Los Angeles reported that the quake was felt for approximately 10 seconds and there was no tsunami warning issued.

More on this as it develops.

No injuries or damages were reported immediately after the quake, but some LA residents said that if shaking had been worse, they would have been fine, thanks to QuakeAlert, an app that promises advance warning in case of earthquakes.

The temblor was felt as far away as Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Palmdale and the city of Orange, according to local media reports.

Jones, formerly of the USGS, described it as a "moderate"-size quake".

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A magnitude-5.3 quake off the coast Thursday rattled a widespread part of Southern California.

"That's part of life in Southern California".

AN natural disaster measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale has hit California.

The institute said the natural disaster was centered about 15 miles southeast of the nest.

He said that during a tremor, officials at stations countywide put out their apparatuses and fire engines so they can be prepared to respond in the event of an aftershock.

He advised residents of Ventura County to visit VCreadysetgo.org and be prepared for other incidents. "We know that it's coming", Swindle said.

This is a developing story.

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