Big natural disaster hits near Channel Islands Beach in SoCal

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When a magnitude 5.3 quake struck off the Southern California coast on Thursday, it really shook things up in an eagle family's nest.

The U.S. Geological Survey claims the quake occurred at 12:29 p.m. from the Channel Islands location, about 38 miles (61 km) southwest of the mainland city of Ventura.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Los Angeles city fire fighters from all 106 of the agency's stations were fanning out across the city to survey any damage from the quake, according to spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

The quake struck roughly 17 miles off the Santa Cruz Islands and was measured at 6.1 miles deep, according to the USGS.

The island is largely unpopulated but does have some research facilities, historic buildings and hosts campers.

AN natural disaster measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale has hit California.

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Ventura County officials announced they are "in a heightened response posture to assist our citizens" in wake of Thursday's temblor. "The offshore faults that produced today's M5.3 quake are part of the system that moves Southern California around a bend of the San Andreas fault", Jones said on her official Twitter account.

Shortly after the quake, the Los Angeles Fire Department went into natural disaster mode.

Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Steve Swindle told KTLA he was at the agency's headquarters in Camarillo when the natural disaster hit and he felt it.

Another woman said she felt the quake from her home near Long Beach.

"So far, thankfully, there hasn't been any damage reported out of this", he said.

"We live in natural disaster country", Kondo said. "Being prepared is always your best bet to help yourself". Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.