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Magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes Palm Springs area

August 6, 2010 | 10:58 am

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred in the Desert Hot Springs area Friday morning.

The temblor struck at 10:39 a.m. about 3 miles east-northeast of Desert Hot Springs and about 12 miles north of Palm Springs.

The quake was felt by residents in the Palm Springs area, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

It was the latest of several moderate earthquakes to hit the region in recent months. Many are either aftershocks or "triggered quakes" from the 7.2 Mexicali temblor on Easter Sunday.

It's unclear whether this latest quake occurred on one of two Inland Empire faults that researchers say have a higher risk of quakes since the Mexicali temblor.

-- Shelby Grad