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Small earthquake rumbles off Southern California coast [Updated]

November 24, 2009 |  9:10 am

A small earthquake struck this morning in the Gulf of Santa Catalina, but no damage has been reported.

The 3.9-magnitude quake hit at 6:34 a.m., 30 miles southeast of San Clemente Island and 43 miles south of Avalon on Catalina Island, according to a preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

[Updated at 9:50 a.m.: According to the U.S. Geological Survey's "Did You Feel It?" site, the temblor was felt in San Diego, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Escondido and as far north as Rancho Palos Verdes.]

In January, a 4.2 temblor hit near San Clemente Island, in the general vicinity of the today's quake.]

-- Baxter Holmes

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