Small earthquake rattles Los Angeles area 8:41 PM PST, January 8, 2009

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered about a mile south of San Bernardino jolted Southern California briefly at about 7:50 p.m. Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

The quake was felt in downtown Los Angeles, parts of the High Desert, San Pedro and and coastal and inland Orange County, but was not felt as far south as San Diego. There were no immediate reports of damage, according to authorities.

"We felt the jolt, whatever time it came in, but we haven't had any reports of damages yet," said Rancho Cucamonga fire Capt. Ty Harris, whose station was built more than 50 years ago. "Our building is fairly old, and cinder block, and it shook pretty good here," he said.

Closer to the origin of the quake, Cal State San Bernardino Professor Dale Sechrest said the shaking lasted roughly 15 seconds. "Nothing fell over, nothing fell off the shelves," he said.
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San Jacinto Fault triggers M5.0 earthquake
Inland Empire News, CA - 30 minutes ago 1/9/2009 11:30 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO – The second moderately strong earthquake to strike the Metro area in a little over five months shook a wide area of Southern California Thursday night. The M4.5 jolt was centered on a section of the San Jacinto Fault. San Bernardino police say the GPS coordinates placed the exact epicenter beneath the parking lot of their ‘E’ Street station at a depth of 8.6 miles.

Residents described the temblor as a sharp jolt that knocked items from store shelves, but caused no reported damage. Authorities say a more shallow quake would, most certainly, have caused damage. Fire-paramedics responded to several calls of anxiety attacks in Rialto and Fontana, but there were no reported injuries.

The quake was not related to last July’s M5.4 temblor in the Chino Hills. It was centered on a branch of the Lake Elsinore Fault known as the Yorba Linda Trend. Seismologists say the San Jacinto Fault has a history of stronger quakes and that aftershocks are likely to continue.

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...San Andreas Fault -- approximately 5,000 times larger than the magnitude 5.4 earthquake that shook southern California's Chino Hills area on July 29, 2008. The magnitude is the same as the May 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake in China, but estimated damage to...