Los Angeles Earthquake: Celebrities Jesse McCartney, Rick Fox Shaken Up; Could Trigger Another Magnitude 7 Quake
Many celebrities in Los Angeles know or felt about the earthquake that rocked Beverly Hills Friday morning.
According to the Associated Press, a small earthquake was widely felt across the Los Angeles area early Friday morning, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of injury or damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said more than 2,000 people reported on its website that they felt the magnitude 3.5 quake, which struck at 12:03 a.m. and was centered in the Beverly Hills area.
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Beverly Hills Police Department Watch Cmdr. Todd Withers told the Los Angeles Times that 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.
The temblor followed a 3.2 magnitude quake that struck in the area on Monday.
Several stars in the area took to Twitter to tell their followers about what happened with them or family members.
Rick Fox tweeted, "How is it that I live in the hills and didn't feel the earthquake and my sister 15 minutes away got rocked?" He wrote hours later, "Second earthquake in Beverly Hills this week...after shocks from Charlotte? #DNC."
Supermodel Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, tweeted, "Beverly Hills earthquake a couple hours after I got here crazy the whole hotel shook."
Jesse McCartney tweeted, "Um, did anyone else feel that Earthquake just now? Southern Californians? Freaked me out."
Hollywood.com listed some stars who tweeted about the recent earthquake events.
"Twilight" actress Rachelle Lefevre told how she rushed to rescue her dog, tweeting, "Earthquake! Just realized I would crawl through rubble to get to my dog if I had to! Man did I run to grab him!!!" while Jason Alexander adds, "Well, that little rumbler shook the house here in LA."
Kelly Osbourne tweeted, "Was there just another earthquake in LA or am I crazy?", and Cougar Town star Philipps mused, "Thought someone was breaking in maybe, then saw the light fixtures moving and that's how my husband and I knew it was an earthquake."
Leave it to Ellen DeGeneres to keep things light and get people laughing. She tweeted, "I didn't feel the earthquake in Beverly Hills last night! Portia and I were too busy teaching our elephant how to crump."
The LA Times reported that both small earthquakes struck at the intersection of two potentially dangerous faults that could trigger a powerful magnitude 7 quake.
U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Doug Given said the quakes occurred near the junction of the Santa Monica fault, which runs underneath Santa Monica Boulevard and near Pacific Palisades, Westwood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, and the Newport-Inglewood fault (which, despite its name, terminates north of Inglewood, meeting the Santa Monica fault in a T-shaped intersection).
Both faults are quite long, meaning they are capable of producing a destructive quake. Because they run underneath the Westside and western L.A. County - heavily populated areas - there is "significant population at risk because of them," Given said.
According to the LA Times, a scenario simulating a 6.6 earthquake on the Santa Monica fault estimated that 54,000 buildings could be damaged and 85 would be damaged beyond repair. Under the scenario, a quake there could kill as many as 30 people and force the hospitalization of more than 200 people.
In 2009, a 4.7 earthquake centered near Inglewood shattered some windows and caused ceiling tiles to fall in a movie theater.