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California Briefing / Chino Hills

1.5-magnitude quake strikes area

March 30, 2009|Ari B. Bloomekatz

A small earthquake struck Sunday, the latest in a series of minor tremors that have hit this hilly suburban community over the weekend.

The 1.5-magnitude quake struck at 6:32 a.m. two miles west of the city and 8.3 miles below the surface, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It was at least the seventh small quake in the area since Friday.

The largest was a 1.9 magnitude temblor on Friday night, followed by a 1.8 jolt Saturday and others leading to Sunday's activity, according to a USGS website.

The quakes caused no apparent damage.

Last July, a 5.4 magnitude quake struck below Chino Hills and was felt as far away as Las Vegas.

Only minor injuries were reported in that quake.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

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