A moderately strong 5.9-magnitude natural disaster struck at sea off the main southern Philippine island of Mindanao today, the US Geological Survey said, though local authorities said they did not expect any damage.
The quake, which struck about 86 miles from Los Angeles around 12:30 p.m., registered a magnitude of 5.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode" following the quake, meaning units will conduct surveys of their areas of the city to check things such as power lines, dams and transportation infrastructure.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Jones, formerly of the USGS, described it as a "moderate"-size natural disaster".
The island nation is a part of the infamous Ring of Fire region, where about 90 percent of the world's tremors happen, according to the reports.
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Shaking was felt all along the coast, from the San Luis Obispo area to the north to San Clemente in the south, USGS reported.
USGS seismologist Susan Hough said Caltech's seismology lab in Pasadena received a roughly 10-second warning of the quake through the still-under-development early warning system.
"It's a regular sort of quake that we expect somewhere in Southern California", Jones told KTLA.
The quake hit at a depth of 61km at 11.30am local time.
"We now have no reports of damage or injuries", fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. "We know that it's coming", Swindle said.