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A magnitude 5.3 natural disaster hit off the Southern California coast on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A USGS map shows the location of a magnitude 5.3 quake that struck off the Channel Islands around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018.

No immediate reports of damage or injury were reported. Fire officials in Ventura County, close to the epicentre of the quake, also reported no damage from the natural disaster.

A webcam captured eagle chicks in the Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island experiencing their first quake, according to the Institute for Wildlife Studies, which posted video on its YouTube channel.

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

A strong natural disaster struck the Channel Islands region on Thursday afternoon and rattled much of Southern California.

The tremor reportedly struck at a depth of 38 miles, about 80 miles east of the island's major city of Davao.

The National Weather Service added that there is no risk for tsunami. Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the offshore faults that produced Thursday's quake are part of the system that moves Southern California around a bend of the San Andreas fault.


One resident near Beverley Hills said she could feel the ground "rolling".

Last year, scientists at USA space agency NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory calculated a 99.9 percent probability for a magnitude 5 or larger natural disaster to strike the greater Los Angeles area between April 1, 2015, and April 1, 2018.

The quake was centered just off the Ventura County coast.

"We recognise that the probability of having a large natural disaster goes up".

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.

She said that the quake was not strong enough to cause damage on structures.

Officials at the Orange County Fire Authority were not aware of any earthquake-related damage in the area it serves.

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