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Moderate quakes strike desert east of San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS  8) - The third small-to-moderate earthquake in about 14 hours struck the Southern California desert today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The latest quake was a 3.0 temblor that struck around 9:44 a.m. and was centered on the Mexican boundary, nine miles south-southeast of Ocotillo, the USGS reported.

It was on the same series of faults that triggered the magnitude 7.2 Easter Sunday quake about 20 miles to the southeast in Baja California.

Two Saturday night shakers about 40 miles north, in the Anza-Borrego desert, were also widely felt across San Diego County at 10:09 p.m. Saturday.

The USGS reported the first was one registered 4.9 and the second, 24 seconds later, was 4.5, both located 10 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs.

The epicenter was 32 miles south-southeast of Palm Springs, and 59 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.

The Anza-Borrego quakes' epicenter is on a different, parallel fault to the one that triggered the 7.2 Easter Sunday earthquake that killed two people in Mexicali and severely damaged Calexico, in California's Imperial County.

There were five aftershocks in the Imperial Valley area Friday, including quakes with magnitudes of 4.3 and 4.0.




BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A pair of moderate earthquakes has rattled a desert area east of San Diego. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.4 and magnitude-4.8 quakes struck a minute apart Saturday at 8:08 p.m., in an area about 10 miles north of Borrego Springs. Residents in downtown San Diego could feel the ground rumbling.

A San Diego County sheriff's dispatcher described feeling a "quick jolt" and said no one had called in to report damage or injuries.

Borrego Springs is about 90 miles northeast of San Diego.


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