Earthquake: 5.3 quake hits near Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Location of the epicenter of Friday evening's quake near Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake was reported Friday evening at 9:19 p.m. Pacific time 1 mile from Desert Hot Springs, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 10 miles from Yucca Valley, 10 miles from Palm Springs and 13 miles from Cathedral City.

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

An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 5.0 and 6.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three year data sample.


The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by reading our five-step guide to coping with natural disasters.

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