4.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Long Beach

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake based in El Monte shook Southern California late Friday night.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was based two miles from South El Monte, about 22 miles from Long Beach, at 11:38 p.m.

Residents in Long Beach and as far as Catalina Island reported being woken up and their furniture rattling. Seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter that Friday night’s quake was in nearly the same location as the Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 that was magnitude 5.9.

Jones told CBSLA that there is a “50/50 chance” that there could be an aftershock large enough to feel and a 5% chance there would be an aftershock bigger than the quake itself.

The Long Beach emergency dispatch center said they had not yet received any calls about damage or injuries. Mayor Robert Garcia said police and fire are checking critical facilities. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said their battalion chiefs were conducting role call and assessing the situation.

A tsunami warning has not been triggered, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.



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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.