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Swarm of small earthquakes hits Salton Sea region

February 29, 2012 | 11:51 am

A region near the Salton Sea has experienced a swarm of small earthquakes in the last few hours.

More than a dozen small quakes were reported near the town of Niland on Wednesday, the largest being a 3.4 magnitude at 9:35 a.m. PST at a depth of 0.6 miles.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 6 miles from Obsidian Butte, 7 miles from Calipatria, 30 miles from El Centro and 97 miles from San Diego.

There was also a 3.2 and a 3.3 quake.

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

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

— Ken Schwencke and Shelby Grad

Image: Location of the epicenter. Credit: Google Maps