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5.3 Earthquake Shakes Off Coast Of Southern California

(CBS SF) -- A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude struck in near the Channel Islands in Southern California Thursday afternoon.

The U.S. Geological Survey said quake struck at 12:29 p.m. PDT about 17 miles southwest of Santa Cruz Island, one of eight islands comprising Channel Islands National Park off the Southern California coast.

The quake occurred at a depth of 10.5 miles (16.8 kilometers) and was widely felt along the Los Angeles and Ventura County coasts.

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

The Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami danger at this time.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said it went into "earthquake mode" and firefighters from all 106 of its firehouses began surveys of their territories, including bridges, dams, large buildings and power lines.

"We currently have no reports of damage or injuries," fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.


© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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