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4.9 Magnitude Quake Reported Near Anza

Maps shows the location of Friday night's temblor. (Courtesy of USGS)
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An earthquake with a preliminary magniture of 4.9 was reported near Anza, south of Palm Springs area, shortly before 7 p.m. tonight.

Satellite imagery of the epicenter shows a remote area, but the shaking appears to have been felt far more widely.

Our friends at the Desert Sun report it was felt strongly in Palm Springs, "shaking homes, and many other communities. In the first 15 minutes since the initial quake, there were three aftershocks of 3.6, 3.0 and 3.7 in the same area."

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