4.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Southern California

An earthquake with a 4.6 magnitude shook Southern California on Friday afternoon, striking an area close to Malibu.

The earthquake struck at a depth of around 8 miles at 1:47 p.m. local time. It has not caused injuries or damage so far, according to The Associated Press, citing the U.S. Geological Survey response. 

The Los Angeles Fire Department said the quake was “felt widely” in the city. It called on all 106 fire stations to survey overpasses, dams, power lines and apartment buildings, according to KTLA. 

So far, a tsunami has not been triggered, per the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center, the AP reported. 

Dr. Lucy Jones, an earthquake expert, cautioned another quake might follow, and it could be bigger. 

“Every earthquake in California has about a 5 percent chance of being followed by something bigger within the next couple of days, and so there is the possibility — very low — that we could have a bigger event here,” Jones said, per KTLA. “If we were to have a bigger earthquake, you should drop, cover and hold on.”

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