No Damage Or Injuries After Quake

Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 6:35 am
By: News On 6

BOMBAY BEACH, Calif. (AP) - There are no reports of any injuries or damage after a moderate quake Tuesday morning in Southern California.

The quake, which is now reported at a magnitude of 4.8, struck just before 5 a.m., about 3.5 miles below Imperial County. Earthquake monitors say it was centered near the small town of Bombay Beach on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. That's about 90 miles east of San Diego.

The quake was followed by at least 18 smaller aftershocks.

A sheriff's deputy says he felt shaking while driving his car about 13 miles from the epicenter, but that he thought it was caused by the wind.

The quake was the biggest in a swarm of tremors that have rattled the area around the Salton Sea since the weekend.

Scientists are watching the activity because it's near a section of the San Andreas Fault that hasn't popped loose in more than 300 years.

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