Earthquake Shakes Beverly Hills Residents, No Damage Reported
Beverly Hills residents rode out a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that hit east of Los Angeles at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday and was felt hundreds of miles away. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centered about three miles southwest of Chino Hills – 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
The earthquake is considered by the USGS to be moderate, which can cause minor damage to buildings and other structures. Twelve aftershocks were reported in the hour following the main quake.
Beverly Hills police spokesman Lt. Tony Lee said the station didn’t receive any feedback from citizens.
“Surprisingly enough we didn’t receive one call. I even called City Hall to see if they received any calls,” Lee said.
Lee said he thinks the lack of calls is par for the course.
“I think we are all so used to earthquakes that it doesn’t faze us,” he said.
Lee said officers immediately responded to their respective beats to check buildings and windshields for damage – none of which was reported.
Beverly Hills Fire Chief John Karns said the department received one call related to the earthquake.
“We had one minor medical emergency call,” Karns said. “A shelf fell and the victim suffered a small laceration.”