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Earthquake east of Los Angeles hits size 4.4, says USGS

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has rattled Southern California on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the USGS said.

(U. S. Geological Survey)

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake shook the South of California, about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury, the U. S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake struck around 7:33 p.m. local time, the USGS said. It was centered about three miles north of the city of La Verne in the San Gabriel Valley.

“It was as if someone had grabbed it and was shaking the house,” Vickie Carillo of La Verne, who was watching “Jaws 2” with her son, told the Los Angeles Times.

“It was as if someone had grabbed it and was shaking the house.”

– Vickie Carillo of La Verne

The earthquake was followed by a magnitude 3.4 temblor a minute later.

“We don’t have an earthquake in a while — I don’t mean,” He said, after finding trophies, books, and other items on the floor. “I’m just happy that I’m not in the shower as I would go.”

Victor Flores, who lives in a house with two floors in La Verne, told the Times that the shaking was “extremely violent.”

“It was the move of the entire house,” he said. “It shook hard for what seemed like 10 to 20 seconds, and then it just kept going. It was really loud, kind of like thunder. It just beat very hard and fast.”

M4.4 #Earthquake, Maximum Intensity VI – N 4km from La Verne, CA / 7:33 PM local time 08/28/2018. PAGER Green. @USGS Event Page: https://t.co/05HtHBQXHw. pic.twitter.com/5LKKSjiP78

— SCEC (@SCEC) August 29, 2018

The biggest shock was widely felt, as a sharp jolt in the vicinity of the epicenter or a rolling motion further away.

It shook buildings for several seconds in the center of Los Angeles.

The shock was also felt 40 miles away in Sylmar to the north-west and 30 km to the south in Huntington Beach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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