Magnitude Earthquake Hits Borrego Springs

Residents across San Diego County were awakened Friday by a strong natural disaster centered just outside Borrego Springs. The strongest were magnitude-3.5 and -3.8 shakers.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, measured at a magnitude of 5.2, occurred approximately 12 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs, or 60 miles northeast of San Diego.

The temblor struck at 1:04 a depth of.6 mile with a magnitude of 5.2, according to a computer-generated report from the USGS.

USGS geophysicist Amy Vaughan says that the shallow quake touched off a series of smaller aftershocks.

She tweeted that the Friday morning quake was near the San Jacinto fault, which is historically the most active fault in Southern California area.

USGS says, shaking was reported across San Diego County, and in such places as San Bernardino, Barstow, Palmdale and El Centro. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Saum Yermian, a longtime Los Angeles resident who has been through his share of quakes, was in bed getting ready to go to sleep when he felt the jolt.

The USGS also reported today a larger 6.1 magnitude natural disaster striking Managua on the northwestern coast of Nicaragua, Central America, late yesterday, near the border with Honduras.

The San Jacinto fault is characterized by less compression between its plates compared with the San Andreas or Newport-Inglewood faults, which means that when there is slippage and a quake occurs, it's less severe, Hauksson said.

Residents reported feeling the natural disaster in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and the Inland Empire.

In the past 10 days, there have been two incidents of earthquakes in the magnitude 3.0 or greater at the area nearby.



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