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4.0 earthquake rattles L.A. coastal area

A map showing the earthquake that hit near Palos Verdes.
(USGS)

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean six miles south of Point Fermin.

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No damage was immediately reported, but the earthquake was felt over a large swath of the coast, south to Huntington Beach and north to Playa del Rey, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at the Lomita Station said units were checking the area’s “critical facilities” but said there were no immediate reports of damage.

A woman who answered the phone for the Ranchos Palos Verdes Public Works Department said there were no reported problems, but called the temblor “a real good jolt.”

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