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(dailynews.com) A 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered in Devore rattled parts of Southern California Tuesday evening.

Authorities at the U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake shook shortly before 6 p.m. along the intersection of the San Andreas and San Jacinto fault lines. Fire officials have gone to a level-one alert to check for damages, according to initial reports.

“It was a good shaker,” said Toni Cousino, a waitress at Tony’s Diner in Devore. “We were just thinking that was a good one. San Andreas was shaking tonight.”

People reported noticing the earthquake throughout the suburbs east of Los Angeles, which is about 50 miles southwest of the epicenter. It was felt as far away as Indio, Hemet and Palmdale, according to the USGS “Did you feel it” website.

Cousino said she didn’t see any damage at Tony’s Diner near the Cajon Pass, but the temblor did shake up some employees and customers.

“We could hear the dishes rattling,” she said. “Haven’t felt one like that in a long time.”

According to Caltech, 10 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 3.4 to 1.6 have been recorded since the main quake.

The region where the earthquake occurred has had nine earthquakes greater than 4.0 since 2005 — “a pretty active part of SoCal,” Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS seismologist, announced via Twitter.

About a half-hour after the first quake, San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said he felt a good roll then a sharp jolt. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan tweeted: “Thus far, there have been no reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake reported just outside the San Bernardino City Limits.”

Deputy Olivia Bozek, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said in an email deputies report no damage or complications resulting from the earthquake.

The Los Angeles city and county fire departments also reported no immediate damage or injuries, although surveys of stations and personnel were ongoing. Likewise, the Riverside County Fire Department reported no damage or injuries as a result of the quake.

SoCalGas had no reports of damage to natural gas lines or meters from the quake and multiple aftershocks, said Anne Silva, a company spokeswoman.

At a Ralph’s supermarket, at 4444 University Parkway in north San Bernardino, the quake “went on for a long time,” said clerk Natalie Ramirez, and then was followed by a milder aftershock.

“Nothing was dislodged from shelves at the store,” she said.