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Southern California Earthquake Swarm Is Largest In 30 Years

By Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY – “The earthquake swarm that has been rocking Southern California since Sunday has been the area’s strongest such swarm in 30 years, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Similar swarms in the magnitude-5.0 range occurred in the area in the 1970s and in 1981, seismologist Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey told the Times. The area, in the region of Imperial County, is known as the Brawley Seismic Zone and sits between the San Andreas and Imperial faults, Jones told the Times.

No deaths or injures have been reported in the swarm, detailed in On Deadline on Sunday.

The Times reported that some buildings were damaged by the quakes, including 20 mobile homes that shifted from foundations, according to the Imperial County Office of Emergency Services. The American Red Cross is working with the agency to set up temporary shelter for those displaced, the Times reports.

The quakes also caused scattered power outages, including at Pioneers Memorial Hospital, where emergency generators kicked in during the three-hour power loss, the Times reported.” Source – USA Today.

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