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LOS ANGELES -- A moderate earthquake rattled dishes and bolted Southern Cailfornians out of bed today.

The magnitude 4.4 earthquake had initially been rated at 4.7, but was downgraded about 20 minutes after the jolt, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

No damage was immediately reported from the quake that struck at 6:25 a.m. PT. The quake's epicenter was about 6 miles from Westwood, an enclave in West Los Angeles,, the survey said.

It was the largest earthquake to strike near Los Angeles in years. Next to Los Angeles International Airport, the quake lasted several seconds, shaking furniture and causing ripples in swimming pools just as many Southern Californians were awaking.

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