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Malibu, California, rattled by small earthquake

MALIBU, California — A magnitude-3.3 earthquake rattled the Malibu area north of Los Angeles on Tuesday, reports CBS Los Angeles.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred just before 3 a.m. and was located 8.6 miles deep, with its epicenter 5 miles west-southwest off the coast of Malibu.

No injuries or building damage have been reported.

Leading experts say California’s largest and most dangerous fault -- the San Andreas, which runs near Los Angeles -- is long overdue for a massive earthquake.

In May of this year, scientists at the National Earthquake Conference warned that the Southern California region is “locked, loaded, and ready to roll” with a devastating tremor. Experts at the conference said the San Andreas hasn’t relieved stress building up for more than a century, making it long overdue for a massive quake as strong as a magnitude 8.0.