Geologists say a minor earthquake with a 4.4 magnitude has struck west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains. No injuries or damage were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake at 6:11 p.m. Friday about seven miles northwest of Malibu. The area is about 37 miles west of Los Angeles.

The survey's online reports from residents show that the quake was felt as far north as Lancaster in the Mojave Desert to southern Orange County.

A watch commander at a Los Angeles County sheriff's station near Malibu says there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The area also was struck last week by three small earthquakes.