A 3.7 magnitude earthquake struck Los Angeles, California a short time ago, jolting the City of Angels in the evening. The earthquake struck at 6:55 pm local time 3 miles west-southwest of Hermosa Beach at a depth of just under 8 miles. Thousands of people are taking to social media to report their experience; more than 1,500 people have already used the “Did you feel it?” website from the USGS to report their experience in the earthquake.
The earthquake wasn’t significant enough to generate a local, regional, nor Pacific-wide tsunami. Because of that, the Tsunami Warning Center issued no advisories for this event.
This evening’s earthquake was the strongest to strike the region in the last week and a half. Throughout this time period, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. On average, the region will experience about 5 earthquakes of a magnitude of 3-4 per year.
Some went to social media thinking there was a connection between this shaking and the possible impact of an out-of-control Chinese rocket that was expected down tonight. However, that rocket was never on an orbit that would have taken it near Los Angeles at the time of the earthquake.