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Jan 11, 2010 9:59 PM

Earthquake rocks Banning area in Riverside County

BANNING, Calif. (AP) - A light earthquake has shaken an area of Riverside County.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3. It happened at 6:36 p.m. three miles north-northeast of the city of Banning.

The 4.3 temblor was preceded by several smaller quakes in the same area, the largest measuring 3.2 shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Banning police dispatcher Jackie Barnes says everything in her office shook as the quake "kind of rolled through."

Barnes says there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, just a few phone calls from frightened residents.

Banning is about 80 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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