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3.9 earthquake, smaller ones strike near U.S.-Mexico border

August 26, 2012 | 10:59 am

A shallow magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Sunday three miles northwest of Brawley, near the U.S.-Mexico border, and was quickly accompanied by a handful of smaller quakes in the same area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The largest temblor occurred at 10:02 a.m. and had a depth of 8.8 miles. A minute later, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported two miles from Brawley. And at 10:16 a.m., a shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake hit three miles from Brawley.

Between 10 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., the same area was shaken by nine other quakes with a magnitude from 2.0 to 2.9, the USGS reported.

The burst of quakes took place roughly 16 miles from El Centro and 92 miles from Tijuana. In the last 10 days, there have been six earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

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Image: Location of the epicenter. Credit: Google Maps

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