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4.4 earthquake rattles Los Angeles area [Updated]

March 16, 2010 |  4:21 am

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California this morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the temblor struck at 4:04 a.m. about 11 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and about one mile from Pico Rivera. The depth was recorded at about 11 miles.

The quake was considered small, but it was felt over a large swath of Southern California. More than 1,000 people have already reported to the USGS's "Do You Feel It?" website that they detected the temblor. Many of those who responded on the website were from Los Angeles and Orange counties.

In Pasadena, a few items fell off a shelf.

The quake struck not far from the spot of the much larger Whittier Narrows temblor in 1987, but officials have not identified the the fault involved in this morning's quake.

[Updated at 4:30 a.m.: The Los Angeles Fire Department reported no major incident calls due to the quake. And Dispatcher Supervisor Andre Gougis of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said there were no major reports of damage.]

[Updated at 4:45 a.m.: The USGS response page says the quake was felt from San Diego to Santa Clarita.]

--Ruben Vives, Rong-Gong Lin II and Shelby Grad

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