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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A magnitude-5.1 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties Friday evening, authorities said
 
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 9:11 p.m. and was centered near Brea in Orange County - about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It was felt as far south as San Diego and as far north as Ventura County, according to citizen responses collected online by the USGS.
 
About an hour earlier, a 3.6 quake hit nearby in the city of La Habra.
 
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it was looking for signs of damage or injuries. Callers to KNX-AM reported seeing a brick wall collapse, water sloshing in a swimming pool, and wires and trees swaying back and forth.
 
Friday's quake hit a week after a pre-dawn magnitude-4.4 quake centered in the San Fernando Valley rattled a swath of Southern California. That jolt shook buildings and rattled nerves, but did not cause significant damage.
 
Southern California has not experienced a damaging earthquake since the 1994 magnitude-6.7 Northridge quake killed several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage.
 
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