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Moderate Earthquake Shakes Southern California

A moderate earthquake rattled Southern California on Saturday morning, shaking homes across the Inland
Empire region and causing buildings to sway in downtown Los Angeles.

Seismograph measures California earthquake. (KABC TV)
Seismograph measures California earthquake. (KABC TV)

The magnitude 4.1 quake struck at 8:07 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered along the San Andreas Fault about two miles northwest of Devore, in San Bernardino County. Some buildings
swayed in downtown Los Angeles, about 60 miles to the west.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s dispatcher said the Rancho Cucamonga station shook for a few seconds, but there were no calls about damage or injuries.

A small 2.0 magnitude aftershock hit about a half-mile away about two minutes later, the USGS said.
Paul Harrington was reading in bed at his home in Hesperia, about 20 miles north of the epicenter, when he felt the quake hit.

“It started out as a little tremble, like a plane passing overhead. Then a few seconds later, there was a real jolt,” Harrington said. “A few seconds after that there was another smaller jolt.”

Harrington said he felt the shaking for about 30 seconds. His home was not damaged.

A clerk at an Albertson’s market in Rancho Cucamonga said the store shook for several seconds but nothing fell from shelves. The epicenter was approximately where the San Andreas Fault
crosses the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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