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Pomona-area quakes awaken residents with a jolt; no damage reported

More than 600 people reported feeling a pair of earthquakes that shook residents in Pomona and La Verne awake Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A series of earthquakes rattled east Los Angeles County, beginning with a 3.7-magnitude temblor that was soon followed by the even larger aftershock, the USGS reported.

The first quake occurred about 4:43 a.m., more than a half-mile below  Bonelli Park Trail in La Verne, according to the United States Geological Survey.

“Never have I ever gotten out of bed so quickly at like 5 am, well I'm going to be on time for school!” tweeted Ashley Sibrian.

“It was pretty crazy. We felt the first one, it wasn’t too bad,” said Elizabeth Price, a shift leader at a Pomona Starbucks just down the street from the epicenter. “The aftershock was worse. It shook us pretty good, but nothing fell.”

According to the USGS website, more than 200 people reported feeling the initial 3.7-magnitude quake, with responses coming from as far away as North Hollywood. More than 400 people went to the USGS website and reported feeling the second quake, a 3.8-magnitude temblor that occurred about 20 minutes later. Residents some 90 miles away in La Jolla reported feeling that one.

Over the last 24 hours, there have been nine earthquakes in the area, but most were below 2.0. No injuries or major damage have been reported.

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Joseph.serna@latimes.com

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