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SoCal residents shaken by 4.5 earthquake

January 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Southern California residents are still talking about the earthquake that hit Thursday about 10 miles deep near the San Jacinto fault, which is part of the San Andreas fault system.The earthquake hit at 7:49 p.m. within 1 mile of San Bernardino. A 3.3-magnitude aftershock hit about an hour later, followed by a 1.7 aftershock.

It was felt as far south as San Diego and as far north as Palmdale. People who felt the earthquake described it as a little roll followed by a big jolt.

"I was in the shower when I got to my room, couple movies were fallen over, little boxes I had, and I was surprised. It really hit hard for it to do that kind of damage," said Danny Medina, a local resident.

The earthquake was first reported by the USGS AS A 4.9-magnitude quake, then as a 5.0.

No injuries were reported, and there were no major damages, but local residents said the earthquake was startling.

"Our eyes were wide open, and we ran into our mother-in-law's bedroom to make sure she was okay, no glass was falling on her or anything, so nothing fell off the shelves or anything like that, but it was frightening," said Leonoard Cummings, a local resident.

This was the third moderate temblor to rock Southern California in the last year.