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Swarm of small earthquakes strikes near Salton Sea

Swarm of small earthquakes strikes near Salton Sea
A map showing the epicenter of a magnitude 3.6 earthquake in Brawley, Calif., which was among several detected in the area Tuesday morning. (Bing Maps)

A swarm of small earthquakes occurred Tuesday morning in Imperial County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The largest was a magnitude 3.6 quake in Brawley, south of the Salton Sea. The temblor occurred at 12:24 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles.

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According to the USGS, the epicenter was seven miles from Imperial, 11 miles from El Centro, 18 miles from Calexico and 22 miles from Mexicali, Mexico.

Several smaller quakes were also detected in the area.

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

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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