Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Shakes Desert Town In Southern California; No Damage Reported


Sunday, April 15th 2007, 7:26 pm
By: News On 6


SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A small earthquake shook a tiny desert town Sunday near the Mexican border, but no injuries or damage were reported, officials said.

The magnitude 4.2 quake struck at 3:57 p.m. PDT, 5 miles southwest of the tiny town of Ocotillo, according to seismologists at the California Institute of Technology.

``It shook the building some but it didn't knock anything down,'' said Helen Lynch, an employee at Ocotillo's Old Highway Cafe. ``It lasted about five seconds.''

Lynch said no one at the cafe was unnerved because earthquakes are fairly common in the area.

``Last year we had eight or ten,'' she said.

Ocotillo, about 85 miles east of San Diego, has a population of fewer than 300 people.