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The Los Angeles city skyline stands in front of the snow covered San Gabriel Mountains after a snowstorm hit the region on December 31, 2014. Two people were killed as storm-driven winds blasted beaches and dozens of motorists were stranded overnight on mountain roads in Los Angeles and Orange counties. AFP PHOTO/MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES  — Los Angeles was jolted by a small earthquake that rattled nerves and got people talking on social media, but didn’t cause any major damage.

The magnitude 3.6 quake hit around 11:20 p.m. Monday and was felt by thousands of residents in west Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, across the San Fernando Valley and as far north as the Antelope Valley.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was about 3.6 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of the Westwood neighborhood, home to the University of California, Los Angeles. Residents near UCLA reported feeling a sharp jolt followed by a short rumble. Some said they were shaken awake in bed.

Former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox, whose Westwood home was rattled, tweeted that the quake “wasn’t funny.”

Authorities said there were no reports of damage or injuries.

“We get these size earthquakes fairly frequently,” said USGS seismologist Zachary Reeves to the Los Angeles Times. “Any severe damage would be pretty unlikely.”

Earthquake-hardened veterans commented on social media, including some in Hollywood.

Actor Josh Gad tweeted that he probably should have checked on his kids, but he scrolled through Twitter instead. Former CBS “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson quipped that the rumble had him “sitting up in bed with an automatic weapon waiting for zombies.”

The quake was a trending topic on Twitter early Tuesday.