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Two Minor Quakes Hit Off Southern California Coast

NBC4 Twitter followers reported feeling the 4.0 quake shortly after it struck

By Samantha Tata
|  Tuesday, May 29, 2012  |  Updated 11:04 PM PDT
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Two minor earthquakes hit off the Southern California coast Tuesday night within minutes of each other -- one with a preliminary magnitude of 1.8, the other 4.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

There have been no reports of injuries or damage.

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The first quake, measuring 1.8, hit around 10:02 p.m. Its epicenter was located 5.5 miles below the surface, 5 miles away from Manhattan Beach and El Segundo, the USGS reported.

The second quake, which struck at 10:14 p.m. near the Channel Islands, measured about 4.0. That quake's epicenter was located in the ocean, about 1 mile deep, according to the USGS.

The stronger quake was coordinated about 30 miles south-southwest of Malibu; 53 miles west-southwest from the Los Angeles Civic Center and about 37 miles south-southeast from Oxnard.

Within minutes, inquiries flowed into the NBCLA Twitter feed about the quake.

NBCLA Twitter follower @nykiaex reported feeling a "strong side to side shake."

"Did I just feel an earthquake? Swear my whole building just moved..." wrote @camzlewis.

Hundreds of NBCLA Facebook followers reported feeling the quake, which many of them described as quick and rolling, and some described as a fast jolt.

"Felt it and yelled it out, but it was over as fast as it started! Just a tiny jolt in Redondo Beach," Veronica McGregor wrote.

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