A shake map released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on 29 March 2014 shows the location and intensity of a 5.1 Richter scale earthquake 2.4 km north-west of Brea in Orange County, California, USA. - EPA
LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2014 (AFP) - A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake's epicenter was near La Hambra, about 30 miles (45 km) southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and could be felt across the LA metropolitan area, including in Hollywood.
Car alarms were reported to have been set off in some areas by the one-mile deep quake, which came 11 days after a 4.4-magnitude one jolted Angelenos out of bed on March 17.
Friday's late-evening quake was followed minutes later by a strong aftershock.
California has long braced for the "Big One."
The western US state is on the so-called Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific and has produced a number of devastating quakes including Japan's March 2011 quake-tsunami, which killed thousands of people.