December 22, 2014
JULIAN, Calif. (AP) - Small earthquakes have rattled eastern San Diego County.
U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Dale Grant says a magnitude-3.4 temblor hit at 2:45 p.m. Thursday about five miles north of Julian, and was felt as far away as San Diego and it suburbs of Santee and El Cajon.
About an hour earlier, a magnitude-3.0 quake hit about 15 miles northeast near Borrego Springs.
A number of much smaller tremors preceded and followed those quakes.
Seismologist Kate Hutton of the California Institute of Technology says the quakes seems too distant to be related to a swarm of seismic activity about 50 miles east in the Salton Sea region, but seismologists don't know for sure.
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