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Small quake shakes part of northwest Los Angeles County

February 18, 2012 | 11:15 am

Credit: United States Geological Survey websiteA small earthquake shook the northwest part of Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County early Saturday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake, which registered magnitude 2.8, struck at 6:45 a.m. about 6 miles northwest of Fillmore. At least 30 people in the Santa Clara River Valley reported on a USGS website that they felt the quake. Justin Pressfield, a spokesman for the USGS, said earthquakes of this magnitude are common, though they are not always noticed.

“We had a ton last week in the 1 to 3 range,” he said. “Most people don’t feel anything under 3. For Californians to really get excited about it, it’s usually in the 5 range.”

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Credit: United States Geological Survey website

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