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Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rocks LA

Published 17/03/2014 | 15:42

The earthquake struck just before half past six in the morning, local time
The earthquake struck just before half past six in the morning, local time

A pre-dawn earthquake has struck across the Los Angeles basin, rattling residents from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.

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The quake's magnitude was 4.4 and it was centered 15 miles (24 kilometers) west-northwest of the downtown civic centre, according to the US Geological Survey.

Los Angeles police and fire officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.

"It felt like a bomb going off underneath our house," said George McQuade, a West Hills resident. "Nothing was damaged, but it sure woke everyone up. It was an eye-opener."

The 6.25am (1325 GMT) quake occurred at a depth of about 5 miles (8 kilometers).

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