Preliminary-Magnitude 2.7 Earthquake Strikes Near Marina del Rey: USGS

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A map shows the approximate epicenter of a magnitude-2.7 earthquake that struck near Marina del Rey on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

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A preliminary-magnitude 2.7 earthquake struck Friday evening near Marina del Rey, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake’s epicenter was located 2 miles southwest of Culver City, the USGS said. It hit at 9:55 p.m. and was measured at a depth of 5.7 miles.

Responding to questions from residents and reporters on Twitter, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the temblor was “too small to assign to a mapped fault,” adding that it “would have moved a fault only a few yards across.”

KTLA viewers said they felt the earthquake in Santa Monica, Century City, Mar Vista and El Segundo.

Laura Lynn Nordyke Freck said she experienced a “good jolt” in Westwood.

“This EQ is very small,” Jones said in a Tweet. “A 2.7 would only be felt (by) people right above it who were in a quiet setting.”

That assessment seemed to dovetail with Gail Abrams’ reaction to the episode.

“I’m maybe 1-2 miles away,” she wrote on Facebook. “I didn’t feel it and my dogs didn’t even pick their heads up!!”

The Geological Survey downgraded the size of the quake after initially reporting it as a 2.9.

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