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String of earthquakes strikes California desert area

March 27, 2013|By Ken Schwencke
  • A string of earthquakes hit Southern California.
A string of earthquakes hit Southern California. (U.S. Geological Survey )

A series of earthquakes hit the California desert area Wednesday, near the site of a larger earthquake earlier this month.

An initial shallow magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported 13 miles from Anza, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:17 a.m. PDT at a depth of 1.9 miles.

It was followed by more than 20 other smaller quakes, the USGS said. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

According to the USGS, residents in nearby communities, including Indio, reported feeling the 3.6 temblor. The agency said the epicenter of the 3.6 quake was 14 miles from La Quinta, 16 miles from Palm Desert, 16 miles from Rancho Mirage, and 251 miles from Phoenix.

In the last 10 days, there have been three earthquakes magnitude 3 and greater centered nearby.

Read more about Southern California earthquakes.

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