Magnitude 3.6 earthquake hits near Desert Hot Springs

Map shows the approximate location of the epicenter of a magnitude 3.6 earthquake near Desert Hot Springs on Friday morning
(Los Angeles Times)

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Friday morning three miles from Desert Hot Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred at 10:10 a.m. four miles from Cathedral City, seven miles from Palm Springs, eight miles from Rancho Mirage and eight miles from Yucca Valley, the USGS said.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 2.0 miles.

In the past 10 days, there have been five 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.

Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

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