Police say no reports of damage from Calif. quake
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September 07, 2012 11:20 AM | 354 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ A small but shallow earthquake centered in the heart of Beverly Hills shook a lot of people awake but caused no injuries or damage early Friday, authorities said.

The magnitude-3.5 quake struck at 12:03 a.m., triggering numerous calls to police and fire agencies. The U.S. Geological Survey says more than 4,000 people checked in on its website to say they felt it.

“There was no damage, nothing,” Beverly Hills police Sgt. Sean Dexter said six hours after the quake.

“It was one kind of big bump and it was over,” he said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department put its quake protocol into action and sent firefighters on the ground and in helicopters to check roads, bridges and other key infrastructure for problems. Nothing was found.

The shaking was evident from Santa Monica to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, City News Service reported.

Beverly Hills Police Department Watch Cmdr. Todd Withers told the Los Angeles Times that he felt a “sharp jolt” followed by a slow roll. The department received calls from residents, including some about burglar alarms going off.

It was the second earthquake centered in Beverly Hills this week. A magnitude-3.2 shaker was recorded Monday.

Los Angeles County is home to about 10 million people.

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