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Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Southern California coast

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A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Channel Islands off the Southern California coast on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. (KABC)

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Channel Islands off the Southern California coast on Thursday, shaking large swaths of SoCal.

The temblor struck around 12:29 p.m. PT around 17.4 miles southwest of Santa Cruz Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


The temblor was initially measured at 5.0 in magnitude. USGS upgraded it to 5.3 in magnitude a short time later.

Eyewitness News viewers reported feeling shaking in downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown and West Los Angeles.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage.

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