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Earthquake: Two quakes strike near Ridgecrest, Calif.

Map showing the epicenter of a magnitude 3.4 quake reported 58 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., early Saturday.
A magnitude 3.4 quake was reported 58 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., early Saturday.
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported at 4:10 a.m. Saturday 58 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was followed by a magnitude 3.1 temblor at 10:56 a.m. 57 miles from Ridgecrest, the USGS reported.

The earthquakes occurred 66 miles from Porterville, 67 miles from Lindsay, 69 miles from Exeter and 73 miles from Farmersville.

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

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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 initial earthquake occurred at a depth of 4.8 miles, the second one at a depth of 4.3 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.

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. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.


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