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California struck by second quake

The US state of California has been hit by its second earthquake in two days.

No casualties have been reported in the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3 and its epicentre near the town of Yucaipa, 126km (79 miles) east of Los Angeles.

Tremors were reported across a large area spanning the major cities of Los Angeles and San Diego.

A quake measuring 7.2 was registered off the northern coast of California on Tuesday, sparking a brief tsunami alert. No casualties were reported.

The latest quake, which struck at 1353 local time (2053 GMT) is the fifth to hit the Americas' Pacific coast in the last week.

A small earthquake was reported in California on Sunday and 11 people died when an earthquake struck northern Chile late on Monday.

It had a magnitude of 7.9 and was felt in neighbouring Peru and Bolivia.

Another one, with a magnitude of 6.8, was felt in the Aleutian Islands, off Alaska, on Tuesday.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

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