Minor quake, aftershocks jolt Los AngelesApril 4, 1997
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A mild earthquake and a series of aftershocks jolted the Los Angeles area early Friday, causing minor damage. There were no reports of injuries.
The quake happened at 1:26 a.m.(0926 GMT) and some residents reported feeling it for several minutes. There were several strong aftershocks.
The epicenter of the 3.3-magnitude earthquake was three miles (4.8 km) northeast of Inglewood, said Nick Scheckel, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Los Angeles firefighters fanned out in a precautionary "earthquake mode," moving all of their vehicles onto the streets. Los Angeles police received numerous reports, but none involving injuries.
An aftershock of 2.5-magnitude followed at 1:35 a.m., a couple miles south of the first quake's epicenter.
John Minsch, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, described the aftershocks as unusual. "Ordinarily we wouldn't expect aftershocks from this small an earthquake," he said.
An unrelated earthquake struck at 1:33 a.m. in rural Landers, 110 miles (176 km) east of Los Angeles, Scheckel said.
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