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More Earthquakes Strike Riverside County On New Year's Eve

Five earthquakes rattle the region.

This USGS map shows the recent earthquake activity in the Southwest region.  Image/USGS
This USGS map shows the recent earthquake activity in the Southwest region. Image/USGS

UPDATED: For the second straight day, earthquake activity was reported in Riverside County today.

A temblor with a magnitude of 3.1 hit the region at 1:21 a.m. Tuesday at a depth of 5 miles, its epicenter 14 miles southwest of La Quinta and 16 miles south-southwest of Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3 rocked the mountains south of the Coachella Valley at 10:33 a.m. Monday and one with a 3.7 magnitude struck the Idyllwild area at 3:44 p.m.

Today's quake in the desert was not the only one to strike the region on New Year's Eve. A magnitude 3.0 hit Alberto Oviedo Mota, Mexico shortly after midnight. The area is located about 35 miles southeast of Mexicali, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A second magnitude 3.1 quake struck the region again shortly after 4:30 a.m. 

There are no reports of damage or injuries due to the recent temblors. --City News Service and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.


Pauly December 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM
There are some fairly large earthquakes in these areas every few years. I remember a big one in the 90s that they felt in Phoenix. If we get a big one on the San Andreas (8.0 or larger) Domenagoni Reservoir could possibly collapse, so run for the hills if you are in the path of the water!

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