PALM SPRINGS – A 3.5 magnitude earthquake was reported Monday at 11:39 a.m. Monday in Riverside County, four miles from Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake was at a depth of 7.6 miles and took place about seven miles from Banning, eight miles from Valle Vista, nine miles from San Jacinto and nine miles from Beaumont, according to the USGS.
The USGS said on its website that the quake, centered about 6 miles northwest of Idyllwild, had also been felt in parts of the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego, according to people who responded to its ShakeMap.
In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater centered nearby.
An average of 234 earthquakes with a magnitude of between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data test.
Earthquake damage usually does not occur until the magnitude reaches somewhere above 4 or 5, according to the USGS. It noted that there are many variables, including the distance from the earthquake and the type of earth a structure is on.
City News Service contributed to this story
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