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Earthquake shakes Beverly Hills for second time in a week

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The second Beverly Hills earthquake in a week caused no reported damage, but it did prompt worried calls to the front desk from guests at the deluxe Montage Beverly Hills hotel.

“Do we need to evacuate?” they asked.

“We do get guest calls as soon as they happen,” said Andrew Tredici, overnight supervisor. Tredici said hotel staff could easily distinguish locals or others accustomed to tremors from East Coast and foreign guests for whom the earth movements were a more startling experience.

Two earthquakes centered near Beverly Hills have struck this week.

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported at 12:03 a.m. Friday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was one mile from Century City, two miles from West Hollywood, nine miles from Inglewood and nine miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center.

A magnitude 3.2 temblor hit Beverly Hills on Monday. That quake set off some security alarms but caused no damage.

Tredici said the smaller earthquakes are manageable. On Monday, he said, "A couple of things fell down in the gift shop.”

Even though Friday morning's quake was stronger, the hotel found no evidence of damage or spills. Still, said Tredici, who recently relocated to the Los Angeles area from Arizona: “We don’t want a 5.5 or, God forbid, an 8.”

At a Starbucks on North Beverly Drive, shift supervisor Tiffany Legaspi said she felt the earthquake at her home, a few minutes’ walk away, but found nothing amiss in the shop when she arrived at work.

Todd Withers, a Beverly Hills Police Department watch commander, said the department received calls from residents, including some about burglar alarms going off, but no damage or injuries were reported.

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Photo: A pedestrian walks by Beverly Hills City Hall, where a magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck early Friday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


 
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