Magnitude 3.3 earthquake reported near Bishop, Calif.


A magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon near Bishop in the Owens Valley of California’s Eastern Sierra, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred at 12:39 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.9 miles, the USGS said. The epicenter was four miles from Bishop, 33 miles from Mammoth Lakes and 78 miles from Fresno.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three year data sample.


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