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A 4.0-magnitude earthquake strikes California.

Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics

Three hours ago the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck 13 miles northwest of Brawley, Imperial County, California, USA at a very shallow depth of 7.2km. The quake occured at 7.57am (GMT-7). The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) was the second agency reported it as a 3.9-magnitude.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be changed later on as seismologists review their data and calculations, or else as other agencies issue their own reports.

Based on preliminary data, the earthquake was most likely felt by a lot of people close to the epicenter. Towns or cities that might have felt the weak shaking include Westmorland (pop. 2,300) located 7 miles from the epicenter, Calipatria (pop. 7,400) 7 miles away, and Brawley (pop. 25,900) 13 miles away, Imperial (pop. 17,100) located 21 miles from the epicenter, El Centro (pop. 44,000) 24 miles away, Calexico (pop. 40,100) 33 miles away, Coachella (pop. 44,600) 48 miles away, Indio (pop. 87,500) 52 miles away, and La Quinta (pop. 40,500) 53 miles away.

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