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 magnitude 5.3 quake struck off the coast of Southern California at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A report warned how a huge quake of this size could kill 1,800 people, injure 53,000, and cause $214billion (£162billion) of damage. No tsunami warnings were issued.

More on this as it develops.

LAFD tweeted that their stations have entered "earthquake mode", but no injuries or damage were intially reported. Eyewitness News viewers reported feeling shaking in downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is now surveying the Los Angeles area for any damages or injuries, Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a Twitter post.

Renowned former USGS seismologist Lucy Jones described the Tuesday afternoon temblor as a "moderate" quake, KTLA reported.

Three eagle chicks were rattled in their treetop nest on the Channel Islands Thursday after a 5.3-magnitude natural disaster struck off the coast.


"Year of a disaster is unknown, but impacts are very predictable", said seismologist Jones.

The biggest quake in California in the past several years was a 6.0 that hit the Napa area in August 2014.

Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Steve Swindle told KTLA he was at the agency's headquarters in Camarillo when the natural disaster hit and he felt it.

Ventura County officials announced they are "in a heightened response posture to assist our citizens" in wake of Thursday's temblor.

The quake was centered just off the Ventura County coast.

"We recognise that the probability of having a large natural disaster goes up". "We know that it's coming", Swindle said.

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