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Eight aftershocks follow 3.9 Newhall earthquake

October 28, 2012 |  6:43 pm
Instrumental Intensity Image

At least eight aftershocks were recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey after Sunday morning's 3.9 magnitude earthquake in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The aftershocks were getting smaller in magnitude as the afternoon progressed.

The temblor hit at 8:24 a.m. Sunday, with the epicenter in the Newhall and Santa Clarita area, said seismologist Egill Hauksson with Caltech. The quake was felt across a wide area, including the San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley and L.A. basin, according to the USGS.

There was a series of five aftershocks between 8:27 and 9:27 a.m., ranging from 1.8 to 2.5 in magnitude, Hauksson said. Data from the earthquake shows movement fairly close to the surface, he said.

Officials with the Los Angeles county and city fire departments both said there were no reports of significant damage from the quake.

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Map credit: USGS

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