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L.A. earthquake: No problems at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

September 1, 2011 |  2:52 pm

Olive View Medical Center
Officials at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center reported no immediate signs of damage at the Sylmar hospital, even though it was not far from the epicenter of a 4.3 earthquake that shook Los Angeles.

"Just a rolly," said a hospital operator. "The epicenter was in the mountains just right behind us…. It didn't even move my chair."

The quake hit at 1:47 p.m., just north of Sylmar and east of Santa Clarita. It was first recorded as 4.1, then eventually upgraded to 4.3.

Assistant Hospital Administrator Joe Keys said the quake was not big enough to cause any damage or alarm.

"There was no screaming out that I was aware of," said Keys, who described the quake as lasting only a few seconds. "It hardly got my notice. It's just Southern California, you know?"


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Photo: Olive View-UCLA Medical Center last year. Credit: Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times.