Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

An earthquake has been felt in the Los Angeles area, according to multiple reports.

The Los Angeles Times reported the quake struck at 6:25 a.m., PDT:

A shallow, magnitude-4.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Westwood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:25 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5.0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills, seven miles from Universal City and seven miles from Santa Monica.

On its website, the United States Geological Survey reported the preliminary magnitude as 4.4.

New England Cable News meteorologist Matt Noyes tweeted that the quake caused: “Lots of shaking, no damage reports yet, no tsunami concern.’’

And a Los Angeles radio station seized on the fact that today is St. Patrick’s Day and gave the quake a special name: “They are calling this earthquake “The Shamrock Shake.’’

One person who experienced the earthquake described what he felt to the Associated Press:

"It felt like a bomb going off underneath our house," said George McQuade, a West Hills resident. "Nothing was damaged, but it sure woke everyone up. It was an eye-opener."

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