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The Latest: Magnitude 5.3 quake hits off Southern California

April 05, 2018 - 1:36 PM

LOS ANGELES - The Latest on an earthquake that occurred in the Channel Islands region off Southern California (all times local):

1:32 p.m.

No significant damage has been reported after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake in the Channel Islands region off the Southern California coast, but some bricks fell from a chimney at a historic ranch on one of the islands.

Channel Islands National Park spokeswoman Yvonne Menard says the bricks fell Thursday at a ranch building on Santa Cruz Island that dates to the 1860s.

Menard says the 12:29 p.m. quake was felt by visitors and staff on the island, but no injuries were reported.

Most of Santa Cruz, including the ranch area, is owned by The Nature Conservancy, which co-operatively manages the island with the Park Service.

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

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12:44 p.m.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 has struck off the coast of Southern California.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred at 12:29 p.m. in the Channel Islands region, about 38 miles (61 kilometres) southwest of the mainland city of Ventura.

There are no immediate reports of damage.

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