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3.5 earthquake 'rumbled' Big Bear during busy holiday week

July 5, 2012 | 12:22 pm

Location of the epicenter.

A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake rumbled underneath Big Bear City on Thursday morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The temblor, which occurred at 11:18 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 2.5 miles, was reported three miles from Big Bear City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter was six miles from the town of Big Bear Lake, 11 miles from Lucerne Valley, 28 miles from San Bernardino and 82 miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center, the USGS reported.

"We just felt a rumble. It kind of shook your balance," said Elizabeth Marsh, manger of the Big Bear Lakefront Lodge. "It was definitely a noticeable earthquake, but nothing too scary."

Marsh said it was one of the busiest times of the year for her resort because of the Fourth of July holiday, and although some travelers said they were dizzy and got knocked off their feet by the quake, no injuries were reported.

A woman who answered the phone at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's station in Big Bear said there had been no immediate reports of injuries or damage following the quake, which she described as a "jolt."

According to the USGS' "Did you feel it?" reporting system, the quake was felt as far away as Escondido.

In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

"Being in California, you know, there are earthquakes all the time," Marsh said. "But it was noticeable."


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Image: Location of the epicenter. Credit: Google Maps