Hurriquake! Moderate earthquake rattles nerves in L.A. as tropical storm hits


When it rains, it pours. And shakes.

As Southern California was dealing with torrential rain and flash flooding from its first tropical storm in 84 years Sunday, the region was also rattled by a moderate earthquake.

The 5.1-magniture temblor around 2:45 p.m. Pacific was centered in Ojai, in Ventura County, about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and was followed by a series of smaller quakes, according to the USGS.

L.A.-area residents got an early emergency alert on their cell phones, warning: “Earthquake detected! Drop, cover, hold on, protect yourself.”

An emergency alert was issued in the Los Angeles ahead of Sunday’s earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

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Hilary, downgraded from a hurricane, made landfall over Baja California on Sunday morning, bringing a deluge across a wide swath of Southern California and Mexico. More than 9 million people in Southern California were under flash-flood warnings Sunday.

The potential double disaster rattled some nerves, and the term “hurriquake” quickly trended on Twitter.

At least there was no triple threat: The National Weather Service said the quake posed no tsunami threat.

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