Natural disaster of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Mindanao in Philippines, reports USGS

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Natural disaster of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Mindanao in Philippines, reports USGS

An quake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck off the coast of Southern California on Thursday, officials at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say.

Initial readings by the USGS report that the 5.3 magnitude quake struck about 60 miles off the Santa Monica coast near Santa Cruz island.

The Associated Press reported the Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode" and firefighters from all 106 of its firehouses began surveys of their territories, including bridges, dams, large buildings and power lines.

Veteran seismologist Lucy Jones says earthquakes of such size typically occur about once per year at Southern California.

The Tsunami Warning Center stated that there is no tsunami danger at this time, according to a Tweet from the USGS.

An natural disaster with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 has hit off the shore of Southern California. A 6.2 quake strikes the southern Philippine island of Mindanao with no reported damage or casualties April 4, 2018.

The 3.2-magnitude quake happened at 3:51 a.m. Thursday.

The quake was recorded shortly before midday with the epicentre at 28 miles southeast of the town of Tarragona, the USGS added.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the natural disaster hit at 11:53 a.m.

Swindle added that crews drove around to assess possible damage Thursday afternoon.

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