A 5.3 magnitude quake shook the Los Angeles area Thursday afternoon.
The institute said the natural disaster was centered about 15 miles southeast of the nest.
"Any time there is significant seismic activity in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault, we seismologists get nervous", Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Centre, once said.
National Weather Service officials said there was no threat of a tsunami from the off-shore quake.
The Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode", during which it pulls its trucks out of stations and crews begin sweeping neighborhoods to check for damage to key infrastructure, such as roadways and bridges.
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The location of today's quake off the coast of Mindanao.
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The Los Angeles County Fire Department was also assessing the region for damage.
One woman said the quake's "rolling motion" caused walls to creak and items to swing in Torrance.
Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Steve Swindle told KTLA he was at the agency's headquarters in Camarillo when the quake hit and he felt it.
AN natural disaster measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale has hit California.
"We recognise that the probability of having a large natural disaster goes up".
Another woman said she felt the quake from her home near Long Beach.
Officials at the Orange County Fire Authority were not aware of any earthquake-related damage in the area it serves.