Southern California Shaken by 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake

Deanna Kelley
May 9, 2018

This morning, May 8, at 4:49 a.m., a 4.5 magnitude quake near Cabazon, California, just north of the San Jacinto Mountains National Forest, could be felt in Dana Point nearly 100 miles away.

The 4.5-magnitude quake hit about 90 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, north of Cabazon in Riverside County. The quake occurred at 4:49 a depth of 8 miles, the U.S Geological Survey said.

There no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Cabazon is just over 100 miles north of San Diego and is best known for its giant whimsical dinosaur structures and outlet mall. At least 27 aftershocks followed, the largest of which was a 3.2, the USGS said. Maps show it could be felt in Los Angeles, Long Beach and coastal areas of Orange County. Preliminary reports from firefighters suggested there was no damage.

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

On Twitter, users from across Southern California reported being jolted awake.

Others thought the earth tremors must have been closer to their location based on their strength.

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