Earthquake hits near Echo Park *

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* Update: New information shows that the quake was centered further west and was part of a cluster of four micro quakes.

Echo Park was apparently near the epicenter of a small earthquake tonight registering 2.5 on the Richter scale, according to a preliminary quake report.

The “micro earthquake” was reported at 10:07 PM and was centered about one mile northwest of the Civic Center, said the Southern California Seismic Network.

Preliminary information pinpoints the epicenter near the new Vista Hermosa Park and Edward Roybal Learning Center just west of downtown. The construction of the school, which once was designed to replace Belmont High School, was delayed for several years in part because an earthquake fault runs through the property.

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