Magnitude-2.9 Earthquake Hits Compton Area

Two small earthquakes, the larger with a 2.9 magnitude, hit the Compton area Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The 2.9 quake was initially reported to have been a 3.2 magnitude, but was later downgraded. It struck at 9:05 a.m. at a depth of 7.7 miles, according to USGS.

The temblor was located about 2 miles southwest of Compton, 3 miles south-southeast of Willowbrook, and 4 miles northeast of Carson and south-southwest of Lynwood.

The epicenter (map) was less than a mile from Walton Middle School, the 91 Freeway and Compton Fire Department Station 4, Google maps showed.

A second earthquake with a 2.3 magnitude struck two minutes later. That quake was initially reported to be a 2.2, but was later upgraded to a 2.3 by the USGS.

It hit at a depth of 8.3 miles and was 2 miles southwest of Compton and 3 miles northeast of Carson.

The larger quake was located on the Newport-Inglewood fault, USGS seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones tweeted.

People reported feeling the quakes between the Gardena and Huntington Beach areas, with most reports coming from Long Beach, according to the USGS “Did You Feel It?” map.

Shaking was also felt as far north as Montebello and as far east as Norwalk, KTLA viewers reported.

All Los Angeles County Fire Department battalions were in normal operation by 10 a.m. after assessing their areas following the quakes.

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