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Southern California jolts by preliminary magnitude 4.5 earthquake

A fundamental 4.5-magnitude earthquake jolted the Southern California zone late Friday night.

It hit at 11:39 p.m. nearby time two miles west of El Monte and 10 miles from Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey detailed.

The tremor shook structures and shook windows, and was felt in San Diego, Valencia and the San Fernando Valley regions. There were no prompt reports of harm or wounds, and the Los Angeles Fire Department cautioned occupants to get ready for consequential convulsions.

“If inside, when shaking starts, drop cover, hold on. Protect your head + neck while taking cover under sturdy furniture or near a sturdy interior wall, away from windows and doorways until shaking stops,” the LAFD tweeted.

The seismic tremor was likewise felt at the Los Angeles International Airport, where teams are checking the runway and terminals for any indications of harm, the air terminal tweeted.

Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology, said the tremor delivered “a pretty good jolt” in Pasadena, where she was. It was “almost the same location as the M5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987,” she tweeted. That quake hit on October 1 that year and caused $360 million in harm.