A 4.5-magnitude initial earthquake struck near southern El Monte

The earthquake's focal point was roughly the same location as the M5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987, according to seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a primary 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Los Angeles area late Friday night with the epicenter less than two miles west-southwest of South Monte and occurred at 11:38 pm.

The earthquake's focal point was roughly the same location as the M5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987, according to seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones.

There were reports that residents felt the earthquake in La Habra, Long Beach, Oxnard, Ontario, Pasadena, near the Beverly Hills area, and other areas throughout Los Angeles County.

Some residents said they felt tremors from about three seconds to perhaps up to a minute.

All 106 Los Angeles fire stations have activated each to check for damage in their respective areas, according to Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas.

Jones told CBS2 / KCAL9 that roughly two aftershocks with strengths of 2.1 and 1.6 have been reported.

This is one of the largest earthquakes in the Los Angeles Basin in a few years.

Jones said that 5% of the time, the initial earthquake may actually be a precursor to a larger earthquake.

And according to Jones, there is also a roughly 50% chance that an earthquake of around 3.0 magnitude will be felt.

Chief Terrazas said there were no reports of damage or injuries in Los Angeles on Friday evening.

The Los Angeles Police Department also said there were "no significant incidents to report" related to the earthquake, but urged residents to make plans in the event of aftershocks.

Call 911 for an emergency or call 877-275-5273 (877-ASK-LAPD) for non-emergency situations in Los Angeles.

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