Magnitude 3.1 earthquake hits near La Quinta

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Saturday morning at 2:59 a.m. near the Salton Sea.
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Saturday morning near Salton City in Imperial County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred at 2:59 a.m. Pacific time three miles from the Salton Sea, 26 miles from La Quinta and 35 miles from Imperial.

In the past 10 days, there have been two 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.


The earthquake occurred at a depth of 5.3 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is going to strike. Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit.

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