Magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattles Long Beach; no reported injuries or damage

An earthquake initially reported to be a magnitude 4.6 with an epicenter near Carson shook Long Beach at 7:58 p.m. Friday.

According to Lucy Jones, seismologist at the California Institute of Technology, the quake’s epicenter was just north of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Jones estimated  the quake to be magnitude 4.4. The latest information from the U.S. Geological survey at 8:30 p.m. registered the quake at magnitude 4.2.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was felt by residents from Oceanside to the south to Oxnard in the north and as far inland as Riverside.

Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk said there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

There have been flare-ups reported in Carson-area refineries, but Los Angeles County Fire Department said there is no emergency at the Marathon refinery in that city.

Seismologist Jones told KCAL9 it was “a pretty ordinary earthquake” and there is a 95% chance there will not be a larger earthquake in the next few days. Earthquakes of this size occur in Southern California about every two months, Jones said.

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