Magnitude-4.5 earthquake shakes Southern California

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A magnitude-4.5 earthquake rattled Southern California on Wednesday morning, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The service initially said the temblor was a 4.8.

The tremor struck around 6:42 a.m. (9:42 a.m. ET) about 2 miles north of Banning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. That's about 25 miles east-southeast of San Bernardino and 85 miles east of Los Angeles.

The quake was centered about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) deep, the USGS reports.

Within minutes of the quake, dozens of KTLA viewers reported feeling shaking across L.A. and San Bernardino counties.

"If you're very quiet," people may have felt it 100, or even 200 miles away, but it was very unlikely to be felt from a distance of more than 50 miles, said USGS Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones.

Despite the volume of people reporting they felt the temblor across Southern California, including one viewer in San Diego, a 4.5 is considered small, Jones added.

“A 4.5, if you’re near it, feels very strong, but there’s nothing in California that should be damaged at that level,” she said.

California is no stranger to powerful quakes, including magnitude-7.9 tremors in 1857 (at Fort Tejon) and 1906 (in San Francisco), and a 6.9 in Northern California in 1989 that killed 63 people and destroyed part of the Bay Bridge.

Wednesday's seismic event doesn't come close to that, though it is appreciably stronger than the smattering of other quakes from the last few days, as reported by the Southern California Earthquake Data Center.

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