Earthquake strikes near South Pasadena, California

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area of ​​California, the US Geological Survey reported.

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A magnitude 3.4 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area of ​​California, the US Geological Survey reported.

The 6-mile-deep earthquake struck about 2 miles from South Pasadena at 9:56 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, according to the USGS.

More than 2,900 people reported feeling the earthquake as far away as Pioche, Nevada, as of about 11:40 a.m.

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“I’m in South Pasadena and it was sharp and short,” said seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones on X, formerly known as Twitter.

South Pasadena has a population of approximately 26,000. It’s about a 10-mile drive northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

What you need to know about earthquakes

Magnitude measures the energy released at the source of the earthquake, says the US Geological Survey. It replaces the old Richter scale.

According to Michigan Tech, earthquakes between magnitude 2.5 and 5.4 are often felt, but rarely cause much damage. Earthquakes with magnitudes less than 2.5 are rarely felt by most people.

The sudden, rapid shaking of earthquakes can cause fires, tsunamis, landslides or avalanches. They can occur anywhere, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, they are most common in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico and Washington.

If an earthquake occurs, it is best to protect yourself immediately. Here are tips from experts:

  • When you’re in a car: Stop and stop. Set your parking brake.

  • When you’re in bed: Turn your face down and cover your head with a pillow.

  • When you are outside: Stay away from buildings. Don’t go inside.

  • When you are inside: Stay and don’t run outside. Stay away from doorways.

The best way to protect yourself during an earthquake is to drop, cover and hold on, officials say.

“Wherever you are, drop to your hands and knees and hold onto something steady,” officials say. “If you use a wheelchair or walker with a seat, make sure your wheels are locked and remain in place until the shaking stops.”

Make sure you cover your head and neck with your arms and crawl under a sturdy table if possible. If shelter is not available, crawl to an interior wall, away from windows.

Once under a table, officials say you should hold one hand and be ready to move along.

“After an earthquake, serious hazards can arise, such as damage to the building, leaking gas and water pipes or broken electrical lines,” officials said. “Expect aftershocks to follow the main quake of an earthquake. Be prepared to fall, cover, and hold on if you feel an aftershock.

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Jennifer Rodriguez is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter covering the Central and Midwest regions. She joined McClatchy in 2023 after covering local news in Youngstown, Ohio for more than six years. Jennifer has made several achievements in her journalism career, including receiving the Robert R. Hare Award in English, the Emerging Leader Justice and Equality Award, the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award.

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