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Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near Joshua Tree

January 5, 2012 |  7:33 pm

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday evening, 8 miles from Joshua Tree, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:47 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 9 miles from Yucca Valley, 10 miles from Desert Hot Springs, 17 miles from Palm Springs and 97 miles from San Diego.

In the last 10 days, there was one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

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

— Ken Schwencke

Image: Location of the epicenter. Credit: Google Maps