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UPDATE: Quake near Encino felt by many in SCV

Posted: March 17, 2014 9:04 a.m.
Updated: March 17, 2014 7:57 p.m.

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake Wednesday shook residents awake in parts of Los Angeles and was felt by many in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The temblor at 6:25 a.m. rattled buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but caused no reported damage.

The earthquake came just two days after a magnitude 3.9 quake struck six miles north of Castaic.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies checked local infrastructure for damage following the Monday shaker but didn’t find any. “There was no report of injury,” said Sgt. Cortland Myers IV.

Centered two miles from Encino and 15 miles west-northwest of the Los Angeles Civic Center, the quake was felt by residents from the Santa Clarita Valley to Long Beach.

USGS seismologist Robert Graves called it a typical Southern California quake of moderate magnitude and said expectations would be that damage would be slight, if it occurred at all.

Santa Clarita emergency management supervisor Donna Nuzzi said she hopes Monday’s quake motivates Santa Clarita Valley residents to prepare for “the big one.”

“Nothing happened Monday — which is a good thing,” she said. “Hopefully, it prompts people to come to the Emergency Expo” scheduled March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Visitors will be offered a variety of emergency preparation information.

“If you haven’t done anything to prepare, you should at least go out and buy some water,” Nuzzi said.

A post on The Signal’s Facebook page asked residents if they were ready for a bigger version of Monday’s quake.

“My daughter is a 7th grade Girl Scout and prepared 5-72hr kits, emergency supplies, extra water & safety plans for the entire family,” wrote Sunnie Rhoads Alber. “Always be prepared.”

Anna Castillo said she also was ready and told readers, “Today is just another reminder to be prepared. Going through it now and replacing any old or expired items. Be safe, everyone.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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