5.3-magnitude natural disaster rocks Los Angeles area

Magnitude 5.3 Channel Islands earthquake felt in Santa Clarita

A magnitude 5.3-earthquake struck near the Channel Islands early Thursday afternoon, jolting residents in the Los Angeles area and beyond as Southern California saw its largest quake in more than four years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

CBS Los Angeles reports the quake originated near the Channel Islands.

The epicenter of the quake was approximately 57 kilometers southwest of Santa Cruz Island and about 11 miles deep in the ocean.

The island is largely unpopulated but does have some research facilities, historic buildings and hosts campers.

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"That's part of life in Southern California", Jones said.

It tweeted: "A 5.3 quake just occurred 23 east-southeast Santa Rosa Island off the coast of SW #CAwx". Viewers with our sister station KABC reported feeling shaking in downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown and West Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was also assessing the region for damage.

"So far, thankfully, there hasn't been any damage reported out of this", he said.

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Emergency-response agencies say California residents should use Thursday's shaker as a reminder to formulate an natural disaster plan as well as the importance of having an quake kit ready and available.

Another woman said she felt the quake from her home near Long Beach.

"It is Southern California, we are natural disaster country". "Being prepared is always your best bet to help yourself".

This is a developing story.

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Officials at the Orange County Fire Authority were not aware of any earthquake-related damage in the area it serves.

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