4.4 magnitude earthquake hits Los Angeles area

An earthquake with magnitude-4.4 shook a widespread area of Southern California early Monday.

The quake, initially measured at magnitude-4.7, was reported at 6:26 a.m. and centered about five miles northwest of Westwood. Strong shaking was reported throughout the region, including the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Huntington Beach, Temecula and other areas.

Shaking in some areas continued for several seconds during what was the strongest quake in recent years to shake Los Angeles. The quake was reported at a shallow depth of about five miles.

NBC4 has received no reports of significant damage. All Metro rail lines will experience minor delays this morning as crews  inspect tracks for possible damage from the earthquake, according to Metro  officials.

NBCLA Facebook page visitors reported shaking that lasted about five seconds.

"I can't believe how that felt -- it was like a whipping feeling," said page visitor Christina Marshall.


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