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Earthquake: 3.9 temblor strikes off Southern California coast

January 3, 2012 |  6:48 am

A shallow magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning four miles from San Nicolas Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:18 a.m. PST at a depth of 10.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 50 miles from San Clemente Island, 63 miles from Santa Rosa Island, 64 miles from Avalon, 68 miles from Oxnard and 89 miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center.

In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

Read more about California earthquakes on L.A. Now.

-- Ken Schwencke

Image: A map shows the epicenter of Tuesday morning's earthquake near San Nicolas Island. Credit: Google Maps