The powerful temblor struck about 13 miles from Borrego Springs, near the border of San Diego and Riverside counties, the USGS reported.
Friday, June 10th 2016
Southern California Earthquake: 5.2 Magnitude Tremor Strikes Overnight
Borrego Springs, CA — An earthquake near the San Diego County community of Borrego Springs early Friday was felt across a large swath of Southern California.
The 5.2-magnitude temblor struck at 1:04 a.m. about 13 miles north-northwest of Borrego Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was 14 miles east of Anza, 15 miles northeast of Warner Springs and 42 miles from Escondido.
The earthquake was a depth of nine-tenths of a mile and was felt in San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties, according to the USGS.
USGS initially recorded the quake with a magnitude of 5.1, but upgraded it to a 5.2-magnitude. A few aftershocks were recorded, including a 2.8-magnitude at 1:07 a.m. and a 3.5-magnitude at 1:33 a.m.
A quake of such strength is capable of generating considerable damage.
According to KESQ in the Palm Springs area, Cal Fire Riverside County rescued two people who became stuck in an elevator at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.
Other than that, Cal Fire Riverside County said there were no reports of injury or damage in its territory.
— CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU)
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in San Diego County, sheriff's Lt. Andrea Arreola said. "At this point, we are just monitoring'' the area, she said.
A resident of La Quinta, near Palm Desert in Riverside County, described his experience.
"Very minor damage with pictures turned askew on the wall and a couple decorative bottles knocked off kitchen shelves," said Eddie Trent. "No damage, no injuries ... but not going back to sleep for a while."
The earthquake occurred along the San Jacinto Fault, historically the most active fault in Southern California, according to seismologist Lucy Jones. It was near a magnitude-6 earthquake in 1937 and a magnitude-5.3 earthquake in 1980, Jones reported.
"We have never seen a San Andreas earthquake triggered by a San Jacinto earthquake," Jones wrote on Twitter, referring to the state's most famous fault.
"Every earthquake has a 5 percent of triggering an aftershock that is bigger than itself — always within a few miles of location of the first earthquake," Jones wrote.
Actress McKaley Miller, who was raised in Texas, tweeted, "I literally thought a ghost was pushing my bed, but thanks to Twitter, I now know it was just an earthquake... I've never been so scared."
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City News Service contributed to this report.
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