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California Earthquake Shakes Malibu, Residents Laugh it Off

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By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
May 30, 2012|11:40 am

A small earthquake has jolted Southern California after striking the coast off Malibu Tuesday night.

There are no reports of damages or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said in a preliminary report that the magnitude 4.1 quake struck in the Channel Islands region at around 10:14 p.m. at the depth of 0 miles on Tuesday.

Additionally, the USGS said the earthquake was centered 30 miles southwest of Malibu, about 35 miles southeast of Oxnard and about 50 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

There have been no earthquakes in the area exceeding magnitude 3.0 in the past 10 days.

Sheriff's and fire officials say there have been no calls about damages or injuries from the quake, according to Fox News.

On Twitter, the trembling earth has people talking, with many reporting it was a slight shake- including superstar Cher.

"Felt quake," wrote the singer. "No Biggie! Was born here."

"4.1 earthquake offshore in Southern California," wrote Danny. "Didn't feel it here in Newport Beach."

Many users made jokes about the earthquake.

"That wasn't an earthquake, Los Angeles," wrote Stevie before mentioning reality television star of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

"It was Khloe Kardashian eating cars again."

Dystopia joked, "Turns out that recent earthquake in California wasn't an earthquake after all, just Rush Limbaugh trying to get out of a wetsuit!"

Meanwhile, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled Italy Tuesday, sending 14,000 people from wrecked homes into makeshift shelters. More than 60 aftershocks ensued, and areas near the city of Modena and in the Emilia Romagna region sustained serious damages.

There are 17 known victims of the Italian quake due to collapsed factory buildings in the area. Investigators will examine how the factory buildings were built and why they did not withstand an earthquake of Tuesday's magnitude, according to CNN.

 

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