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Earthquakes Rattle Central Valley, Southern California

HURON, Fresno County (CBS/AP) -- Two light earthquakes struck California's Central Valley Friday, hours after a temblor shook the Los Angeles area.

The U.S. Geological Service reported that a magnitude-4.0 quake struck at 6:22 a.m. Friday about six miles southeast of the Fresno County city of Huron, which is roughly 50 miles southwest of Fresno.

A magnitude-4.1 quake struck the same area a minute later.

A Huron police dispatcher says she had not received any calls reporting damage or injuries.

The quakes came more than six hours after a magnitude-3.5 quake struck Beverly Hills that thousands of people reported feeling.. There were no injuries or damage reported from that quake.

Seismologists said Friday's quakes in Southern and Central California are not on the San Andreas Fault and weren't triggered by a magnitude-7.6 quake in Costa Rica.

A magnitude-4.0 quake struck at 6:22 a.m. in Huron in Fresno County. A magnitude-4.1 quake struck the same area a minute later. Just over six hours earlier, a magnitude-3.5 quake struck in Beverly Hills

Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton said there is some controversy over whether this week's quake in Costa Rica could have triggered the California shakers, she believes Costa Rica is too far away for it to have any influence.



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