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SHOPPERS RUN `LIKE LITTLE ANTS’ AS AFTERSHOCKS HIT CALIFORNIA

SHARE SHOPPERS RUN `LIKE LITTLE ANTS’ AS AFTERSHOCKS HIT CALIFORNIA

At least seven aftershocks of the Jan. 17 earthquake shook Southern California Monday, causing minimal damage but frazzling nerves.

"People were like little ants running for the exits," said Sue Stone, who was shopping at a mall in suburban Sherman Oaks.The first aftershock, a 3.5-magnitude quake centered about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, hit at 7:36 p.m. Monday.

The strongest aftershock, a 4.5-magnitude shaker, hit 12 minutes later and was centered near the same area, said California Institute of Technology seismologist Nick Scheckel.

Damages ranged from broken dishes to a cracked waterline at an apartment complex.

Hundreds of people attending a Disney screening rushed out of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences theater. Some returned a few minutes later.

Seismologist Kate Hutton said aftershocks will continue for at least two years from the 6.7-magnitude quake Jan. 17, which killed 61 people, injured 9,000 and caused $20 billion in damage.