4.2 quake rattles CA

BY PJ HELLER | LOS ANGELES | September 10, 2001

"It was stronger than usual for this area."

—Jim Wells

An earthquake that "rattled dishes and nerves" but caused no injuries or structural damage hit the Los Angeles area late Sunday afternoon.

The 4.2 magnitude quake was the first 4.0-plus temblor to hit the area since the devastating 1994 Northridge quake, which caused an estimated $25 billion in damages and killed 72 people.

Sunday's quake occurred at 4:59 p.m. PST and was centered about one mile southeast of West Hollywood. The quake was felt as far away as Lancaster, about 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

A second temblor, measuring 2.8, was reported at 5:01 p.m. and was centered in the Beverly Hills area, according to scientists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Numerous aftershocks occurred throughout the area, most measuring below 2.0 on the Richter scale.

"It was stronger than usual for this area and it was enough to rattle nerves and dishes but there were no reports of injuries or damage to buildings," said fire department spokesman Jim Wells of the 4.2 shaker.

Witnesses said the quake lasted about 15 seconds.

Scientists said they did not know which fault was to blame for the quake.

A quake of 4.0 can cause moderate damage.

An earthquake also rattled the Inland Empire on Friday night. That quake measured 3.1 and was located in Cajon Pass, seven miles northwest of Devore.

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