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4 Small Earthquakes Rattle South Bay

Residents only reported feeling the largest—a 2.8-magnitude temblor that hit near Carson.

Four small earthquakes struck the South Bay on Wednesday morning. Screenshot from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Four small earthquakes struck the South Bay on Wednesday morning. Screenshot from the U.S. Geological Survey.
A set of three small earthquakes hit the South Bay area within a span of about seven minutes early Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A fourth, larger earthquake followed at about 9:42 a.m.

The fourth earthquake was a magnitude-2.8 temblor centered about 2 miles north-northeast of Carson. About 135 people reported feeling it on the USGS Community Internet Intensity Map. Most said they felt weak to light shaking.

The majority of reports received were from the South Bay, though there were several from the eastern part of Los Angeles County. Nobody on the Palos Verdes Peninsula reported feeling the temblor.

The earlier earthquakes—a magnitude-1.1 temblor centered about 2 miles east-northeast of Carson; a magnitude-1.6 centered about 1 mile north-northwest of Westmont; and a magnitude-1.8 centered about 1 mile north-northwest of Gardena—struck at 2:04 a.m., 2:05 a.m. and 2:10 a.m., respectively. Nobody reported feeling the quakes.

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