Los Angeleans were given an unexpected alarm call from Mother Nature on Monday morning as an earthquake shook the city at around 6.25am.

The earthquake was initially graded at 4.7 on the Richter scale, but this reading was reduced to 4.4 a short time later.The areas bearing the brunt of the shaking were Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, and West Los Angeles.This is the largest quake to hit Southern California this year, though the north of the state was rocked by an earthquake last week.
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