Rash of Quakes Shake Up SoCal

A series of minor earthquakes continued to rumble through Southern California Sunday night.

The largest of the quakes was a 4.0 at 9:16 a.m. Saturday in the uninhabited desert near Death Valley, about 170 miles north of Los Angeles. Dozens of smaller quakes have shaken the area this week, including shakers of magnitude 3.2 and 3.4 four minutes apart, starting at 3:23 a.m. Sunday.

The latest shock was a 3.3 earthquake that struck at 9:41 a.m. Sunday.  The rash of quakes has hit a geologically-active desert valley 16 miles north-northeast of Trona, about 33 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, the nearest population center.

Several active geologic faults traverse the area, and on a broader scale, geologists consider the Eastern California region to be one of the most-active in the United States.

A 5.1 quake struck Ludlow, about 140 miles southeast, earlier this month, and the area has seen numerous large quakes over the ages.

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