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5.4 earthquake in California causes minor damage

LOS ANGELES -  Scattered minor damage and a few minor injuries have been reported in the aftermath of an earthquake that was strongly felt across Southern California. The magnitude-5.4 jolt struck at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday and was felt from Los Angeles south to San Diego, and as far east as Las Vegas.

The quake - considered moderate  - was centered 29 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles near the city of Chino Hills.  Tall buildings swayed for several seconds and some workers were evacuated from buildings as a precaution. About a dozen aftershocks hit within minutes.  

The state Office of Emergency Services in Sacramento reports scattered minor infrastructure damage, including broken water mains and gas lines.

Freeway traffic appears normal.

Acting mayor Wendy Greuel says minor structural damage has been reported throughout Los Angeles, along with five minor injuries and people stuck in elevators.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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