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M4.6 earthquake strikes Salton Sea; 20+ quakes recorded in area

Did you feel it? An earthquake initially registering at 4.9 Magnitude, later downgraded to a 4.6, shook areas around the Salton Sea near Niland and Bombay Beach Monday morning.

The quake was centered within the boundaries of the Salton Sea itself, and hit at 8:56 a.m.

There were no reports of damage or injuries, but News Channel 3 continues to monitor the area.

There were more than 20 fore- and aftershocks were recorded after the initial m4.6 earthquake.

Earthquakes recorded by US Geological Service

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones took to Twitter shortly after the earthquakes to discuss this swarm of earthquakes, which she says is the fourth swarm of this kind since 2001.

Jones says the foreshocks don't appear to be much cause for concern as they aren't close enough to the main shock.

"Most foreshocks are very close (a few km) to their mainshock, so we think there is some increase in risk when quakes happen within 10 km of the San Andreas. 1 km away would be much riskier than 10. Today's quakes are ~12 km away. I am not cutting my vacation short," Jones tweeted.

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Patrick Evans

Patrick Evans is the News Channel 3’s morning and noon meteorologist, and Host of Eye on the Desert, and also hosts afternoon drive on CV 104.3 FM from 2 pm – 6 pm. Learn more about Patrick here.

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