4.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Riverside County, Followed by Aftershocks

A series of aftershocks followed.

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A preliminary 4.9-magnitude earthquake rattled the Anza area in Riverside County Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake struck at 6:53 p.m., and a series of 13 aftershocks followed. They ranged from 1.4 to 3.7 in magnitude.

Over 16,000 people reported feeling jolts from Temecula to Palm Springs and San Diego, according to the USGS.

The earthquake hit at a depth of six miles underground, considered "moderate," according to NBCLA meteorologist Anthony Yanez. These quakes don't typically cause as much shaking as shallower ones, he said.

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones tweeted that the earthquake could have originated on or near the San Jacinto fault.

Some people took to Twitter after they felt shaking to joke about the timing of an earthquake while obeying Stay at Home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of yet, there are no reports of damage due to the shaking.

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