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Two magnitude 3.5 quakes recorded near Palm Springs

The location of a magnitude 3.5 earthquake reported at 2:07 p.m. Sunday
The location of a magnitude 3.5 earthquake reported at 2:07 p.m. Sunday about eight miles from Palm Springs, according to the USGS.
(Los Angeles Times)

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported at 2:07 p.m. Sunday eight miles from Palm Springs, followed by another 3.5 quake in the area at 3:37 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquakes occurred about 12 miles from Palm Desert, 13 miles from La Quinta, 15 miles from Rancho Mirage and 17 miles from Cathedral City.

On Friday, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit the area, followed by several aftershocks up to magnitude 3.7.

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

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A magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck Friday evening in the mountains south of Palm Springs. Shaking could be felt around Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley.

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

The first earthquake Sunday occurred at a depth of 6.8 miles, and the second at 8.2 miles. Did you feel these earthquakes? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Even if you didn’t feel these small earthquakes, 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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This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published and later updated it. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.


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