Natural disaster of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Mindanao in Philippines, reports USGS

Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Mindanao in Philippines, reports USGS

A significant natural disaster shook the Los Angeles area Thursday afternoon, the US Geological Survey reports.

The quake was centered just off the Ventura County coast. Weaker shaking was reported in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Santa Monica and other areas.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported the quake was a magnitude 5.0, but it was later upgraded to magnitude 5.3. It was at a depth of 10 miles.

A report warned how a huge quake of this size could kill 1,800 people, injure 53,000, and cause $214billion (£162billion) of damage.

LA's National Weather Service has said there are no tsunami warnings in place as of yet.

The agency added that it did not expect casualties from the natural disaster, although there was a possibility of aftershocks.

It was produced by offshore faults that "are part of the system that moves Southern California around a bend of the San Andreas fault", seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted.

The Associated Press reported the Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode" and firefighters from all 106 of its firehouses began surveys of their territories, including bridges, dams, large buildings and power lines.

Firefighters were also inspecting power lines, large buildings, bridges, and dams as part of their natural disaster assessments.

The Channel Islands consist of eight islands off the coasts of Santa Barbara, Ventura counties.

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