By Lewis Dean
June 2, 2014
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake which rocked Los Angeles on Sunday could have been a precursor to a feared ‘Big One’ quake, one scientist has claimed.
The tremor happened in a densely populated area six miles northwest of LA’s Westwood neighborhood area.
It triggered an alert stretching from movie star hangout Malibu down to Manhattan Beach and reportedly affected thousands of households.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) originally said the quake registered was a 3.8 magnitude before revising the measurement upward.
The quake struck at 7:36 pm local time and was centered in the Santa Monica Mountains about four miles northwest of Westwood.
Just over an hour later, 2,310 people had reported to the USGS’s “Did You Feel It” website.
Seismologist Lucy Jones said the quake happened too far away from the one that hit Encino earlier this year to be an aftershock and told followers on Twitter that bigger jolts, including the Big One, could be on their way.
Jones added there was no way of predicting if the west coast would be struck by a higher magnitude earthquake but said a higher frequency of quakes meant more were likely to follow.