Magnitude 3.3 earthquake shakes Llano, Los Angeles


A magnitude 3.3 earthquake rocked Llano, California around 11:45 a.m.

United States Geological Survey

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake rocked part of California, geologists said.

The earthquake struck near Llano around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday August 3, the US Geological Survey said. Llano is about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake rocked part of California on Wednesday August 3. USGS

According to the USGS, some tremors from the earthquake could be felt as far away as Victorville, near Inglewood and Ontario.

Although a magnitude 3.3 earthquake was smaller than some California residents may be used to, dozens of people reported feeling the quake. About two hours after the quake, at least 30 people had reported feeling it to the USGS.

Magnitude measures the energy released at the source of the earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey. It replaces the old Richter scale.

Earthquakes between 2.5 and 5.4 in magnitude are often felt but rarely cause much damage, according to Michigan Tech. Earthquakes below magnitude 2.5 are rarely felt by most people.

Maddie Capron is a real-time McClatchy reporter specializing in the outdoors and wildlife in the western United States. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.

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