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4.5 earthquake in California shakes Monterey, San Benito counties

January 12, 2011 |  2:17 am

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A 4.5-magnitude earthquake  shook California's Monterey and San Benito counties early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no damage was immediately reported.

Dispatchers at the Monterey County and San Benito County sheriff’s departments said they received no reports of damage, and said the shaking was not strong enough to toss books from shelves. The quake was recorded at 12:51 a.m., and was followed by a 3.4 aftershock at 1 a.m. and several smaller aftershocks.

The earthquake was centered 6 miles southeast of San Juan Bautista and 45 miles southeast of San Jose, according to the geological survey.

Wednesday's temblor came five days after a 4.1 shaker rattled the San Jose area.

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Graphic: Map of earthquake epicenter. Source: U.S. Geological Survey

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