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California earthquake rattles a wide area

PARKFIELD, Calif. -- A strong earthquake shook the state from Los Angeles to San Francisco yesterday, cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine and knocking pictures from walls.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries from the 6.0-magnitude quake and its more than 160 aftershocks.

The quake was centered about 7 miles southeast of Parkfield, a town of 37 people known as California's earthquake capital. The town is one of the world's most seismically active areas, located on the San Andreas Fault.

''Things were shaking so bad you couldn't tell where to go next," said Parkfield Vineyard owner Harry Miller, who grows 170 acres of wine grapes. ''Trees shaking like brooms, and dust coming from everywhere."

The quake struck at 10:15 a.m. PDT and was felt along a 350-mile stretch, as far north as Sacramento and as far south as Santa Ana. The center was halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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