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What would an 8.0 earthquake REALLY do to Los Angeles?

Californians are constantly warned about the "big one." But if it strikes, what kind of destruction is Tinseltown looking at? The facts are not comforting.

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Once we have already opened this theme, an earthquake actually hit California two days ago. It was a light earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5 that rattled the Greater Los Angeles Area, centered near Rancho Cucamonga, Claremonth and Upland, according to seismologists. The earthquake was widely felt across the region. 

 

The earthquake, which struck at 7:28 p.m. PT on Monday, was centered 4.3 miles northwest of Rancho Cucamonga, or 8.1 miles north of Ontario. It struck about 6.5 miles deep making it a shallow earthquake. Just enough to cause some panic.

The Southern California Seismic Network and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 3.5. It estimated that much of the area northeast of Los Angeles experienced weak to light shaking.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake, but shaking was felt widely across the area, according to residents.