5.9 Earthquake Hits Southern California; Felt in Los Angeles



July 7, 2010 |  5:00 pm

A 5.9 earthquake rocked Southern California this afternoon and was felt across a wide area.

According to U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 4:53 p.m. near Borrego Springs, about 28 miles south of Palm Springs. It was followed by several small aftershocks.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but some residents said the quake caused glass to break.

Its the latest in a string of powerful of quakes to hit Southern California in the last few months, ever since a 7.2 quake hit the Mexicali area on Easter Sunday.

[Updated at 5:07 p.m.: The USGS downgraded the quake to 5.4 magnitude. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it has not gotten reports of serious damage or injuries. Residents in Riverside County told The Times the quake provided a sharp jolt — but they have not witnessed major damage.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said he felt strong jolts at the police headquarters but there was no initial report of serious damage.

“So far everything is okay,” Diaz said. “ To me it felt like two separate events. The first felt like a fore-shock, the second one was stronger.”

–Andrew Blankstein and Rong-Gong Lin II

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