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Earthquake: 4.5 quake strikes near Banning; biggest in area since 1992

Earthquake: 4.5 quake strikes near Banning; biggest in area since 1992
A map shows the epicenter of Wednesday morning's quake near Banning. (Bing Maps)

A shallow magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning one mile from Banning, east of Riverside, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:42 a.m. at a depth of 0.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was five miles from Beaumont, nine miles from Yucaipa and 12 miles from San Jacinto.

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The shaking triggered countless burglary alarms for businesses in the area, but there were no reports of damage, Banning police said.
“We still call it small,” said USGS seismologist Lucy Jones. “For those close to the quake it feels very strong, but there’s nothing in California that should be damaged at that level.”

It was the largest quake in the area since 1992 and was related to the San Andreas fault system, Jones said.

There is a 5-10% chance of an aftershock or larger quake hitting the area in the next seven days, said Ellen Yu, a seismologist at Caltech.

In the last 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was first created by an algorithm written by Times staff.

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