Sun. Jun 7th, 2020

4.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southern California Late Friday

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Anza, California, which rattled parts of Southern California on Friday.

The temblor struck at 6:53 p.m. about 10 miles east of Anza, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was near the Santa Rosa Mountain and Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. 

It was felt strongly in Palm Springs, shaking homes, and many other communities. From the time of the initial quake to 9:07 p.m., there were eight aftershocks that ranged in magnitude from 2.6 to 3.7.

The Anza quake was initially measured as a 4.64 temblor. 

There have been no initial reports of damage, Riverside County officials said on Twitter. 

Debra Hovel, a Palm Springs resident who is a co-founder of Makerville, an artist studio and retreat near Anza off Highway 74, felt the tremor.

“Wow!” she said. “We just never feel quakes at Makerville. Sitting (at) our dining room table in the studio, we watched as paintings fell to the floor and we wondered if a bomb had fallen. Happily, it all ended quickly.”

Barry Zander called it the biggest jolt he’s experienced in nine years in Idyllwild.

Minutes after the initial temblor, a magnitude 2.5 quake was recorded in Bombay Beach on the shore of the Salton Sea according to USGS. “Sounded as if someone rolled around in our attic,” said Uwe Martin of Bombay Beach.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy:  AP

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