Mild Earthquake Jolts Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ A mild earthquake shook residents awake Monday but brought no reports of damage, officials said.
″We had a lot of calls but no damage reports,″ said Long Beach police department employee Arnetta Platt. ″It was just a jolt, that’s it.″
About 40 people, including residents of of Bellflower, Paramount and other neighboring cities reported feeling the temblor, said police Sgt. Robert Parker.
The 5:29 a.m. quake registered 3.4 on the Richter scale and was centered one mile northwest of Long Beach, which is 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, said Robert Finn of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
″It felt like something fell down, like a thud,″ said fire dispatcher Maryellen Salazar. She said the department received no damage reports.
An earthquake of 3.5 on the Richter scale can cause slight damage in the immediate area, 4 moderate damage, or 5 considerable damage. Every increase of one number means a tenfold increase in strength; thus, a reading of 4.5 reflects an earthquake 10 times stronger than one of 3.5.