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3.5 Beverly Hills earthquake had 'sharp jolt,' felt over large area

September 7, 2012 | 12:44 am

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The 3.5 earthquake that occurred in Beverly Hills early Friday was felt over a wide area but caused no reported damage.

Beverly Hills Police Department Watch Cmdr. Todd Withers said he felt a "sharp jolt" followed by a slow roll. The department received calls from residents, including some about burglar alarms going off, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Local fire departments were out looking for damage.

The 3.5 earthquake was reported at 12:03 a.m. Friday. It was felt over a wide area of Southern California, including downtown L.A. and the San Fernando Valley.

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 3.2 magnitude temblor hit Beverly Hills earlier in the week, on Monday. That quake set off some security alarms but caused no damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey's "Did You Feel It?" service showed the quake was felt as far away as Manhattan Beach and Los Alamitos.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey