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Second earthquake in two days occurs off Southern California coast

May 31, 2012 |  8:34 am

Earthquake map

A second earthquake in two days rumbled off the coast of Southern California, this one a magnitude 3.6-magnitude temblor near San Clemente Island.

The quake occurred at 11:42 p.m. Wednesday and was centered 16 miles from the northwest tip of the island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 32 miles from Avalon, 39 miles from San Nicolas Island, 55 miles from Torrance and 71 miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center.

In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. The strongest occurred Tuesday evening -- a 4.0 quake centered off the coast of Malibu. That quake was felt widely in West L.A. The San Clemente quake was felt in coastal Orange County, according to the USGS.

There have also been a few smaller quake in the area, but they appear not to have been felt.

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

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Image: A map indicates the locations of the epicenters of recent earthquakes. Credit: USGS

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