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Back-to-back earthquakes shake central California

English: Downtown Beverly Hills as seen at night.

English: Downtown Beverly Hills as seen at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By NBC News staff and wire reports

Two earthquakes struck in Huron, Calif., Friday, registering magnitudes of 4.2 and 4.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first earthquake hit at 6:22 a.m. PT. One minute later, the 4.2 earthquake was reported.According to the USGS, the epicenter was eight miles from Avenal, Calif., nine miles from Kettleman City, Calif., 17 miles from Coalinga, Calif., and 132 miles from San Jose. Huron, Calif., is about 50 miles south of Fresno.

About six hours earlier, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck Beverly Hills. Thousands of people reported feeling it, the Associated Press reported.

NBC News California Earthquakes

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