Magnitude-4.5 natural disaster rattles LA area

Magnitude-4.5 earthquake rattles L.A. area

Magnitude-4.5 earthquake rattles L.A. area

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 4.5 quake struck near Cabazon, CA on Tuesday.

Surveys mark the center of the quake 11 kilometers north of Cabazon and say it began at 4:49 am.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was felt from the Inland Empire region to Los Angeles and Orange counties.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. The epicenter was located almost 7 miles north of Cabazon, a town of about 2,500 located 90 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. At least 27 aftershocks followed, the largest of which was a 3.2, the USGS said.

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Residents from across Southern California and the northernmost region of Mexico went online to report the quake, or to discuss it and crack jokes on social media. It was initially reported to have a preliminary magnitude of 4.6.

More than 10,000 responses had been recorded by the USGS by midmorning.

On Twitter, users from across Southern California reported being jolted awake. A woman in Pico Rivera in southeast L.A. County tweeted: "Wow the natural disaster was all the way in Banning, I thought it was here".

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