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5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hit The Southern California Desert

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2016-07-08 13:46:06
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5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hit The Southern California  Desert

The US Geological Survey has said a moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale hit the southern California desert region overnight.There was a lot of aftershocks according to the website of United States Geological Survey. The depth of the earthquake was 8.7 miles and 14 kilometers.The earthquake was felt as far away as Las Vegas.

The strongest earthquakes of the last twenty years to hit California date back to 1992 and 2005 -both with a magnitude 7.2. It caused tall buildings in downtown Los Angeles to sway and tremors were felt as far away as San Diego to the south.

A series of aftershocks followed. This is the latest in a flurry of small to moderate temblors to hit southern California in the months since a magnitude 7.2 shock erupted along the US-Mexico border on Easter Sunday.

The earthquake hit at 4:53 p.m. near a small town called Borrego Springs, which is located 28 miles south of Palm Springs. As reported by our readers and news agencies the quake was felt for around 30 seconds in Los Angeles, San Diego and in many other parts of Southern California. Geologists have been studying whether the Easter quake made seismic activity along more dangerous fault lines - such as the Whittier and San Andreas faults - more or less likely.