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Series of 9 earthquakes hits Pomona area, topped by 3.8 temblor

September 19, 2013|By Joseph Serna

A series of earthquakes rattled east Los Angeles County early Thursday, beginning with a 3.7-magnitude temblor that was soon followed by an even larger aftershock, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first quake occurred about 4:43 a.m., more than a half-mile below  Bonelli Park Trail in La Verne, according to the USGS.

“It was pretty crazy. We felt the first one, it wasn’t too bad,” said Elizabeth Price, a shift leader at a Starbucks just down the street in Pomona. “The aftershock was worse. It shook us pretty good, but nothing fell.”

About 20 minutes after the initial quake, a 3.8-magnitude aftershock struck in the same location, the USGS reported.

No injuries or major damage has been reported.

Over the last 24 hours, there have been nine earthquakes in the area, but most were below magnitude 2.0.

Read more about Southern California earthquakes.

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joseph.serna@latimes.com

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