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Moderate quake rocks Southern California

May 18, 2009

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— A moderate earthquake rocked the Los Angeles region late Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of any major injuries or damage.

The magnitude-4.7 quake hit at 8:39 p.m. about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, near Inglewood, according to a preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was followed minutes later by at least three smaller aftershocks, with the largest registering at magnitude-3.1.

The quake jiggled the greater Los Angeles region for about 10 to 15 seconds and was felt as far south as San Diego, said USGS seismologist Susan Hough.

“This was a serious jolt. It was probably felt within 100 miles,” Hough said.

The shaking was most intense in the coastal communities south of the Los Angeles International Airport. Some residents said books and other items were knocked off the shelves. However, people who live north of downtown Los Angeles either felt a light shake or nothing at all.

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