Earthquake Shakes Wide Area of Southern California

Monday, Mar 11, 2013  |  Updated 10:50 AM PDT
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Earthquake Shakes Wide Area of S. California

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An earthquake has shaken a wide swath of Southern California but there's no word of any damage.
 
The U.S. Geological Survey's monitoring system places the epicenter in the desert near Anza, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
 
The quake struck at 9:55 a.m. Monday and was initially estimated at magnitude 5.1 but that was quickly downgraded to 4.7
 
It was felt sharply in the local area and also rolled through downtown Los Angeles, San Diego and in Orange County.
 
Palms Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed says the department has received no reports of damage or injuries.
 
There are no other immediate reports of damage in the region.

Where the earthquake happened - along the San Jacinto fault between the San Andreas and the Elsinore faults -is famous for big earthquakes according to retired geology professor Pat Abbott, Ph.D.

“There’s always that slight chance – slight chance now - that this could be the foreshock of something larger. Probably not. Usually this is just an event all by itself,” Abbot said. “It doesn’t hurt to keep it in mind, in the next 72 hours in particular if a larger one is going to occur it would probably be during that three-day period.”

NBC 7 San Diego contributed to this report.

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