3.4-Magnitude Quake Strikes Near Borrego Springs

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BY CHRIS JENNEWEIN

U.S. Geological Survey map shows location of the earthquake in relations to the Salton Sea and San Diego. Courtesy USGS
U.S. Geological Survey map shows location of the earthquake in relations to the Salton Sea and San Diego. Courtesy USGS

 
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.4 struck the  desert Thursday about 11 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Automated seismographs picked up the quake shortly before 7:30 a.m. and indicated it struck at a depth of 8 miles.

The epicenter was about 17 miles south-southwest of La Quinta, 20 miles south of Palm Desert and 21 miles south of Rancho Mirage, according to a computer-generated report.

A few residents in El Centro, La Quinta, Palm Desert, San Diego and Thermal reported weak shaking to the USGS, but no damages.