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2 Minor Tremors Rattle The Southland Ahead Of Northridge Earthquake Anniversary Symposium

WESTWOOD ( — Two minor earthquakes rattled the Southland overnight, just one day before the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake.

A 3.8-magnitude earthquake shook Villa Park at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, while a 3.2-magnitude tremor hit Fontana at 1:50 a.m. Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

On Wednesday, a 4.4-magnitude quake also struck the Fontana area.

There were no reports of major damage or injuries from any of the earthquakes.

Friday will mark the 20th anniversary of the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake that caused $40 billion in property damage, killed 57 people and injured thousands more.

The quake, which spurred changes worldwide to earthquake engineering and risk management, and overall preparedness for the "big one" will be discussed Thursday during a two-day Northridge 20 Symposium  at UCLA.

Participants will also highlight accomplishments of the past two decades and offer recommendations to consider when moving forward to help make California's communities more resilient to future earthquakes.

Former Governor Pete Wilson and former FEMA Director James Lee Witt, both of whom were in office when the Northridge earthquake struck, and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, are expected to be keynote speakers.



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