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Los Angeles shaken by biggest quake in years: USGS

Published on Mar 12, 2013 6:22 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A 4.7-magnitude earthquake on Monday shook buildings in Los Angeles (LA), with United States (US) seismologists saying it was the strongest to hit the area since 2010, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

The epicenter of the quake was some 19km south-east of Anza, California - about 161km southeast of Los Angeles - and was felt in San Diego, two hours' drive down the coast from LA.

The quake shook buildings including one housing AFP's offices in Hollywood, north-west of downtown. But there were no immediate reports of people being hurt or property being damaged, according to the LA Times or other media.

The USGS initially put the magnitude of the quake at 5.1, but later downgraded it to 4.7.

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