Small Quake Hits Southern California

BOMBAY BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A small earthquake has struck near
the southern San Andreas Fault, the latest in a swarm that began
two weeks ago.

The magnitude-3.5 earthquake hit shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday
and was centered 2 miles south of the small Imperial County town of
Bombay Beach.

More than 400 quakes have rattled the desert of southeastern
California since mid-March, including 13 larger than magnitude-3.
The strongest was a magnitude-4.8 quake on March 24 that woke up
residents but did not cause damage.

Seismic activity in the Bombay Beach area has tamped down in the
past week.

Seismologist Kate Hutton of the California Institute of
Technology says it will take a fair amount of quiet time before
scientists can declare a swarm over.


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