Workers Felt Shaking at Beverly Hills Construction Site

Crane operator Gus Westrum was attempting to place a piece of steel when he felt the jolt

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    Gus Westrum thought he hit something with a piece of steel swinging from his crane at a Beverly Hills construction site. It was actually shaking from a magnitude-3.4 earthquake. (Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2012)

    Gus Westrum initially thought he might have struck something with the piece of steel swinging from the crane he was operating early Friday morning at a Beverly Hills construction site.

    "I was on the crane and all of the sudden I was swinging," said Westrum. "I felt something shake, and I thought I hit something. So, I just stopped and the whole crane was shaking."

    What Westrum felt was the second earthquake to shake the Beverly Hills area this week -- a magnitude-3.4 quake that occurred at 12:03 a.m. The crew was attempting to place a piece of steel when the shaking started.

    "I got the weird, butterfly feelings, then I looked down at the guy and he said we had an earthquake," Westrum said.

    There were no reports of significant damage, but shaking was reported in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Baldwin Hills, the Mid-City area, Mar Vista and other locations. USGS's "Did You Feel It?" reporting service showed residents from as far away as Los Alamitos, Orange and Paramount also felt the quake.

    On Monday, a magnitude-3.3 quake was also centered in Beverly Hills.

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