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Residents clean mess from earthquake

May 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Southland residents are cleaning up Monday after a 4.7-magnitude earthquake shook Southern California.The earthquake hit at 8:39 p.m. Sunday and was centered one mile south of Inglewood and felt from Long Beach to Aliso Viejo. Some people even reported feeling it in Santa Barbara and along the Mexico border.

"It was horrible. If felt like somebody crashed into our house," said Iliana Pavana, a local resident.

There have also been several small aftershocks Monday morning.

"It shook really hard, and then there was a second shock," said Robert Vasquez.

While many people felt the quake, only a few spots reported damage.

The windows were completely shattered at Blue Ribbon Drapery off of Atlantic and South in Long Beach. The fire department boarded up the windows until the owner could replace them.

The owner said he does plan to open Monday despite the damage.

There were no injuries during the quake.

The earthquake lasted about 15 seconds.

"These lamps were shaking, and the sign out here was shaking. It was cool, it was fun," said local resident Jeff Pilkington.

Scientists have no yet identified which fault line is responsible for the quake, but they have a good idea where it may have originated.

"This one is very close in location to the Newport-Inglewood Fault, and it's consistent with motion on it. But it's too small an earthquake to be definitive on assigning it to that," said Lucy Jones from Caltech.

Jones said the earthquake was very deep for Southern California.

It was centered eight miles below the surface, which means everyone who felt the shaking was at least eight miles away from the epicenter.

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