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Earthquake In California Hits Near Los Angeles

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04/29/2012 10:59 AM ET

A moderate earthquake shook Southern California residents in their beds Saturday morning that rattled homes across the Inland Empire region and caused buildings to sway in downtown Los Angeles.

The magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered about two miles northwest of Devore, in San Bernardino County.

The quake was downgraded from an initial magnitude of 4.1.

“It’s not on the San Andreas fault. It’s located very close to it,” seismologist Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey told KCAL.

Added John Bellini of the U.S. Geological Survey: “It’s capable of knocking items from shelves and maybe cracking plaster.”

USGS originally put the magnitude at 4.1 before revising it to 3.8.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in nearby Rancho Cucamonga told CNN that it didn’t receive reports of major damage shortly after the quake.

“It was a solid boom and everything shook,” Devore resident Tracie Thompson told KCAL. “None of the china moved or anything. It was over so quickly. It was really a harsh jolt to the house.”

Devore is about a 55-mile drive northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The region is known as the Inland Empire, east of Los Angeles.

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