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Two earthquakes strike Castaic area

Two earthquakes struck in the Castaic area within 20 minutes of one another Saturday night, the second with a magnitude of 4.2, but no damage or injuries were reported.

The first earthquake measured 3.0 and struck about 8 miles north of Castaic at 6:58 p.m., followed by a 4.2 quake about 6 1/2 miles north of Castaic at 7:18 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The second quake was originally reported to be a magnitude 4.5.

Shaking was felt in Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura, according the USGS. Someone reported on Twitter that they even felt the quake in Victorville in San Bernardino County.

The watch commander at the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The county and city of Los Angeles fire departments also reported no damage or injuries.

Substantial shaking was reported in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and doors and windows rattled at the Los Angeles Police Department’s downtown headquarters.

Officials at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita said the quake had no impact on its rides or operations in general, according to a broadcast report.

The quakes were followed by a series of aftershocks and USGS Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said all of the activity was normal for Southern California.

There were eight earthquakes of magnitude 4.2 or greater in Southern California in 2014, she said.

The quake was near the Clearwater fault, “but we cannot tell for certain what fault produces an earthquake this small,” Jones said.

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