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Nature & Environment Earthquakes Today: California Quake at 4.6 Magnitude Shakes Wide Area

Earthquakes Today: California Quake at 4.6 Magnitude Shakes Wide Area

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First Posted: May 29, 2013 02:00 PM EDT
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Craig Harrison., founder of SOS Roads, poses by a pothole littered road in Sonoma County, California, May 9, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS )

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 hit the Los Angeles, Calif., area today.

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The U.S. Geological Survey notes that the earthquake hit at 7:38 a.m., and was roughly three miles from Isla Vista and 12 miles west of Santa Barbara.

Reports show that many who lived in the area felt the tremors hit their homes and workplaces. According to Brian Park via The Associated Press, he felt the earthquake's shakes just as he was headed off to work at the Isla Vista Food Co-op.

"I just felt the house shake and then just everything started to fall, and then my bed was - well, I'm on a bunk bed, so that started to wobble around," he said. "It was kind of scary 'cause my house is pretty unstable, so I thought it was going to collapse or something."

Initial reports showed that the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.9, but it was quickly downgraded to a 4.6, according to The Associated Press. Officials also believe that it started just at sea level in the Pacific Ocean.

The USGS reports that the earthquake was felt across a wide range of areas, all the way  to Bakersfield and across the Central Coast.

According to WPTV, Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Ross Bonfiglio said the earthquake was felt in the Ventura dispatcher center as well as the jail. Still, at this time, no injuries, outages or damages have been reported.

"We're not expected any problems here," Bonfiglio said.

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