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2 Minor Quakes Hit Los Angeles Basin

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A pair of minor earthquakes Saturday struck about 15 minutes and 35 miles apart in the Los Angeles basin.

The first quake, a magnitude 2.3, struck about 1 mile east of Lomita near the Palos Verdes Fault at around 12:28 p.m., according to automated seismographs operated by the USGS and the Southern California Earthquake Center. A handful of people in Long Beach reported feeling the quake on the USGS Web site.

At 12:44, a magnitude-2.1 quake rattled the hills where Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties meet. Its epicenter was two miles south of Diamond Bar.

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