4.5 earthquake rattles Southern California, but no major damage

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According to News online, A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported late Friday night, rattling a wide swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, but the 11:38 p.m. quake was felt across the region and as far as San Diego, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which revised its magnitude downward after initial reports. It was followed by a few smaller aftershocks.

In South Pasadena, about 10 miles from the epicenter, the quake began with a strong sharp shake followed by another jolt not quite as strong. Several items fell off a shelf in one home. But power remained on. The shaking was less severe farther from the epicenter but still packed a punch.

The temblor was centered not far from the epicenter of the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter. That quake was much larger — at 5.9 magnitude — and caused several deaths and more than $200 million in damage.

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