Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Los Angeles Area

The 3.8 magnitude quake was recorded at the United States Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., at 11:47 a.m. UTC.

Employees in NBC News' Los Angeles bureau in Universal City felt a sharp jolt and saw swaying lights and television monitors.

Shortly after the quake hit, Mexico's national coordinator of civil protection tweeted that there were no reports of damage yet but that response teams had been activated.

Traffic came to a standstill, as masses of workers blocked streets. However, the area was a lot less populated back then, so if that same natural disaster were to happen today, the damage would potentially be widespread. Clouds of dust rose from fallen pieces of facades. Two men calmed a woman seated on a stool in the street, blood trickling form a small wound on her knee.

The quake comes 33 years after a magnitude 8.0 natural disaster on September 19, 1985, which killed an estimated 9,500 people in and around Mexico City.

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Market trader Edith Lopez, 25, was in a taxi a few blocks away when the quake struck.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Tremors from the quake could be felt in Mexico City, about 76 miles northwest of the epicenter.

Drills were held earlier Tuesday in observance of the anniversary. The 8.1 shake killed thousands and destroyed large parts of Mexico City, Reuters noted.

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