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    Good evening. At least a dozen earthquakes... said to be aftershocks of the devastating quake?

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    Background: Good evening. At least a dozen earthquakes... said to be aftershocks of the devastating quake of February 9th...rumbled across the San Fernando Valley today. Only two...however...were considered significant by seismologists. The latest occurred at at 5:54 P-M...and registered close to three on the Richter Scale. But the big one hit early this morning...

    Today's major shock jolted the San Fernando Valley at 6:52 A-M. It was centered in the Northridge, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch areas. The quake caused widespread...but mostly minor damage. Six people were treated at hospitals for minor injuries. The temblor registered somewhere between 3 point 8 and 4 point 7 on the Richter Scale. That makes it among the strongest aftershocks recorded since last February's 6 point 6 earthquake...

    Most of the damage was done in the northern San Fernando Valley. A good example...this store at Chatsworth and Zelzah Avenues in Northridge. There was no structural damage...but all sorts of things ended up on the floor...and a number of windows were broken.

    At the Beckford Elementary School in Northridge...ceilings in classrooms were shaken loose...and the building was closed temporarily.

    But it will be open tomorrow. A building inspection team surveyed the structure this afternoon...and it was determined there was no serious damage. But there was definitely a mess this morning...with books off library shelves and water lines ruptured.

    City officials say as many as 200 homes were damaged by the aftershock. Chimneys toppled...windows shattered...and walls cracked. The Porter Ranch area of Granada Hills was hardest hit...but homes in Northridge were also affected.

    Much of the damage occurred inside the homes. Furniture, glassware, canned goods, lamps...all were sent crashing to the ground by the temblor.

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