LOS ANGELES — The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood early Monday was a “rude awakening” for residents who remain vulnerable to being caught unprepared by a major temblor, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The earthquake that struck in Sherman Oaks at 6:25 a.m. PDT was the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5-earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008. It was followed up by seven smaller temblors, with two registering as magnitude 2.5 or greater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Today’s earthquake is a reminder that every L.A. family must be prepared with food, water and other essentials, as well as a plan,” Garcetti said in a statement Monday. “While it appears the greatest impact of this temblor was a rude awakening, we are executing our post-earthquake protocols to survey our neighborhoods and critical infrastructure.”

Officials seized on the quake to remind residents to be prepared for a major seismic event.

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