At around 4:30am on Thursday morning, the people of Los Angeles were woken up with a bang. Literally.
The Los Angeles Times reported that a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was centred near San Francisco. It was felt across the L.A. Basin and into Orange County, but no damage was reported.
Seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted: "Today’s quakes are garden variety California quakes. In an area with lots of faults and both the 1994 Northridge and 1971 Sylmar quakes. The good (ordinary) life of the Golden State."
While no major damage or injuries were reported, luckily it also had no impact on NASA’s location from where it planned to execute the Perseverance launch to Mars, not too far from where the earthquake hit.
The earthquake hit during a media briefing with MiMi Aung, the project manager on the Perseverance’s mission to Mars.
"By the way, we just had an earthquake in this room", Aung said.
Watch the ABC7 video below as the earthquake hit while the two news anchors were presenting.
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