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5.3 earthquake shakes up Southern California

An earthquake, estimated shortly after by the USGS as a 5.3, hit Southern California early Thursday afternoon, April 5, 2018.
An earthquake, estimated shortly after by the USGS as a 5.3, hit Southern California early Thursday afternoon, April 5, 2018.
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An earthquake reported as a 5.3 magnitude quake by the United States Geological Survey hit off the coast of Southern California early Thursday afternoon.

The quake had its epicenter off the Channel Islands, hitting at 12:29 p.m., but was felt onshore throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. It was centered about 38 miles southwest of Ventura.

There is no danger of a tsunami, according to the Tsunami Warning Center. No significant damage has been reported, but some bricks fell from a chimney at a historic ranch on one of the islands, according to the Associated Press. 

The earthquake was widely felt throughout Southern California, with almost 10,000 responses received by the USGS less than an hour after the event.

How did this earthquake compare to what we'd feel in "the Big One"? KPCC's Jacob Margolis tweeted this simulation of a 7.8 quake earlier this week:

7.8 simulation

Famed Southern California seismologist Lucy Jones says earthquakes of such size typically occur about once a year in Southern California, according to the AP.

Lucy Jones tweet

The LAPD tweeted that they were aware of Thursday's earthquake and would work with other agencies to check infrastructure and other critical locations.

LAPD tweet

This video apparently shows shaking caused by the earthquake:

Earthquake shaking

The Los Angeles Fire Department moved into Earthquake Mode, according to the agency, but after a full review of the area including evaluating infrastructure, they found no damage and no injuries were reported.

Various celebrities, comedians and numerous Angelenos tweeted after feeling the ground shake:

Anna Kendrick tweet

Greg Proops tweet

Lana Del Rey tweet

Post-earthquake tweet

Felt that quake

remember the day

Dog won't go inside

Of course, not everyone got the chance to feel it:

earthquake fomo

lying about quakes

Thankfully, no zombie apocalypse has broken out following the earthquake:

Walking Dead tweet

The maximum reported intensity of the event was a 6, according to the USGS.

Did you feel it? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us.

This story has been updated.