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Los Angeles 3.9 Earthquake Precursor To The Big One?

A 3.9 earthquake struck the Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles on Sunday night, just hours after a smaller 2.5 quake shook the same area.

USGS reports that the latest quake struck at 9:17pm one mile southeast of Baldwin Hills.

Nbclosangeles.com reports:

Earlier Sunday at 4:35 p.m., the same area was hit by a 2.5-magnitude quake, the USGS said. The quake was initially reported as a 2.9, but the agency later downgraded the magnitude to 2.5.

USGS Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said both earthquakes originated from the same fault.

“I felt a big jerk and it sounded like it had a roar to it,” said a woman at a gas station.”It was a big jolt, like we were going to have another one behind it.” Jones said more than 4,000 people had reported feeling the 3.5-magnitude quake on the USGS website. NBC4 Twitter followers reported feeling the shaking produced by the earlier quake in Santa Monica, Inglewood, Culver City and downtown Los Angeles. Some described the tremor as one sharp, quick jolt.