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4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Webbies in Los Angeles

Laura Haushalter
ABC 7 LA covers the earthquake near El Monte. The showing of Jimmy Kimmel Live! was interrupted so local news channels could cover the shaking.

Webbies in the Los Angeles area got a sudden surprise on Friday, September 18 when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered three kilometers South of El Monte sent shocks throughout Los Angeles County and the Inland EmpireOccurring at 11:38 pm, many Webbies were jolted as they prepared for or were already in bed 

In Claremont, the shaking lasted for about 15 seconds. It was not a rolling earthquake, but rather a very tremulous one; you could feel the tectonic plates shifting vigorously next to each other. In addition to the motion of the earthquake, one could hear noise as if a loud truck was driving down your street.  

After the initial shaking, Webbies flocked to social media platforms to check if their friends had felt the quake as well 

“When the earthquake happened, I was laying in my bed [in Glendora, CA] and heard somewhat of a loud banging,” said Kennedy Becher (‘21). “At first I thought it was my dog having another seizure, but soon realized it was a tremor.” 

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake on the seismic scale is considered light. Earthquakes of this magnitude are felt with mild shaking, though they can be strong enough to wake you up from your sleepWhile this earthquake was light, it definitely  startled those who felt it.  

I was at home [in West Los Angeles] on my bed,” said Leslie Morales (‘22). “I was about to fall asleep when my bed started shaking and quivering. I jolted up and just sat there, waiting for it to end. It did startle me a little as I felt like it lasted longer than most earthquakes I ever felt and I could have felt a small aftershock. After, I got out of bed to check up on my family and then went on Twitter. 

As of Saturday September 19, 2020, at 12:46 am, The Los Angeles Police department had recorded no significant damage in Los AngelesFortunatelyno one was hurtjust surprised  

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Los Angeles and the surrounding Southern California AreaLast night’s earthquake served as a reminder that earthquakes can come at any moment, so it is a good idea to be prepared and have an emergency plan in place.

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Laura Haushalter, Public Editor
Enthusiastic, positive, determined, and athletic, Laura Haushalter (‘21) uses her passionate attitude to take on many leadership roles: captain of the VWS cross-country and swimming teams; Student Government spirit commissioner; and the Public Editor for the WCC. As the Public Editor, Laura oversees all the social media accounts for the WCC. In addition to normal Editor-in-Chief  responsibilities, she helps the WCC gain more publicity, making sure Webbies stay informed and updated about the latest articles. Laura is extremely passionate about environmental justice and climate change, which is why her favorite class she has taken at Webb is Honors Global Society and Sustainability. In her free time, you can catch Laura watching Friends or Veep, listening to AJR, Beach House, and Cardi B, or running on Thompson Creek Trail. Her goals this year are to make the WCC’s social media accounts more active, and make the most of her last year at Webb.

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