No considerable damage has been reported after a magnitude 5.3 quake at the Channel Islands location from the Southern California shore, however a few bricks fell from the chimney at a historical ranch on one of the islands.
Initial readings by the USGS report that the 5.3 magnitude quake struck about 60 miles off the Santa Monica coast near Santa Cruz island.
The epicenter lied at the depth of 64.4 kilometers (40 miles).
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department told local media outlets there have been no reports of damage.
The Los Angeles Fire Department went into "earthquake mode", meaning firefighters from all neighborhood fire stations conducted a survey of their areas.
Shaking was felt all along the coast, from the San Luis Obispo area to the north to San Clemente in the south, USGS reported.
"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.
One woman said the quake's "rolling motion" caused walls to creak and items to swing in Torrance.
By comparison, the 1994 Northridge, California, quake registered at a 6.7 magnitude, killing more than 60 people and injuring thousands of others.
Residents in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties can likely expect aftershocks, said seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones.
The 2014 La Habra quake is the most recent temblor of this size, she said.