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4.0 earthquake hits northeast San Diego County; no damage reported

October 6, 2010 | 11:17 am

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck 7 miles northeast of the San Diego County town of Julian on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but no damage was reported.

At the San Diego County sheriff's Ranchita substation near Julian, officials described the 9:58 a.m. earthquake as a rumbling before a sharp jolt.

"The builidng just kind of shook," said Patti Hagerty, an office assitant at the station. "At first there was a rumbling sound and a jolt, but nothing bad."

Julian is about 45 miles northeast of San Diego.

-- Andrew Blankstein