Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Pair of quakes strike in Southern California

Pair of quakes strike in Southern California

A magnitude 4.5 quake broke 8 miles north of Banning in Riverside County at 4:49 a.m. on Tuesday, producing energy that was widely felt across Southern California, the US Geological Survey said.

While information is still coming in, the government agency said there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Two minutes later, a magnitude-3.2 quake occurred in the same area.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the tremor struck at 4:49 a.m. PDT Tuesday morning at a depth of about 8.5 miles. The magnitude of the smaller quakes ranged from.5 to 2.2.

Shortly thereafter, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher announced that the region had just experienced an natural disaster and directed firefighters to remove all trucks, engines and other apparatus from stations across the city.

The largest quake was felt over a wide are of Southern California, including in Los Angeles around 90 miles to the west of the epicenter, as well as by many people jolted awake in Orange County and the San Diego region.

No immediate damage was reported in Cabazon according to ABC 10. The magnitude was initially measured at 4.6 before being revised downward.

Residents reported their homes shaking, and being woken from their sleep.

An early morning natural disaster jolted a wide swath of Southern California awake Tuesday.

News 8's Weather graphic of 4.5-magnitude natural disaster in Riverside County Tuesday May 8, 2018. A woman in Pico Rivera in southeast Los Angeles County tweeted, "Wow the quake was all the way in Banning, I thought it was here".

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