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6 Months Later, L.A. Gets 3.4-Magnitude Reminder of Quake

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Six months to the day after the Northridge earthquake ravaged the Los Angeles area, a 3.4 magnitude aftershock rattled the San Fernando Valley. The Sunday morning jolt caused no damage, but was felt as far away as Santa Monica, seismologists said.

The aftershock, which hit at 8:29 a.m., was centered in Northridge and was one of several hundred since the Jan. 17 Northridge quake, according to Caltech.

The aftershock was closer to the surface than some of the recent rumblings, but follows what seismologists called a normal pattern after a large earthquake.

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“We don’t really know how long they will go on,” said Russ Needham of the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. “But I would think they would begin abating down to the point where they will be smaller.”

Sunday’s aftershock was the strongest since June 15, when seismologists recorded a magnitude 4.2 jolt.

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