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California Earthquake Near Major Fault Rattles Cars Land Premiere, Not Much Else

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What it lacked in umph it made up for in volume: Officials say that a 4.0-magnitude earthquake that struck southern California on Wednesday June 13 was followed by at least 10 aftershocks into Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The initial temblor, at 8:17 p.m. local time, rattled people eight miles northeast of Anaheim, the Associated Press reported. It was initially classified as a 4.1 magnitude but then downgraded, the AP said.

Most of the aftershocks occurred over the ensuing hour, continuing through until 7:30 Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Times said. That last one was little more than a whimper, not felt at all, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Bob Dollar told the newspaper.

There did not appear to be any damage, and no apparent effect on Indian country. It jostled the red carpet at the premiere for Disney California Adventures’ new Cars Land, the AP reported. The jolt was felt up to 75 miles away.

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However, the Times subsequently reported, the quake did occur near a major fault, one capable of generating a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The newspaper said the Whittier fault crosses the border between Los Angeles and Orange counties, and Wednesday’s quake occurred “just eight miles from Disneyland.”

Proximity to the Whittier fault is disturbing, seismologists told the Los Angeles Times, because just a small one could set off the whole fault.