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Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattles Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 11:43am MDT

Los Angeles was rattled by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake Tuesday morning.The early morning quiet on Tuesday in Southern California was broken by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake near Los Angeles. The temblor, centered near Pico Rivera, caused no major damage but rattled area residents and put first responders on alert.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred at 4:04am and originated 11.7 miles below the surface of the earth. The epicenter was less than a half mile from Pico Rivera or 10 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

While the quake was relatively small, it was felt across a large swath of Southern California. Reports indicate it was felt as far north as Rosamond, as far east as Lucerne Valley and as far as Poway near San Diego to the south.

Get all the details on the temblor from the Natural Disasters Examiner.

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