- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 22, 2003

BIG BEAR, Calif., Feb. 22 (UPI) — There was no sleeping in late Saturday morning for scores of Southern California residents who were jolted awake before dawn by an earthquake near the mountain resort town of Big Bear measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale.

Seismologists said the tremor struck at 4:19 a.m. PST and was centered 4 miles north of Big Bear and 46 miles northeast of San Bernardino and was felt in parts of Los Angeles, some 90 miles to the west.

"This earthquake was felt at Barstow, Big Bear City and Mentone and … in much of Southern California," the U.S. Geological Survey reported. "No reports of damage or casualties have been received."

A fire dispatcher in Big Bear Lake said there was a flurry of phone calls from nervous residents shortly after the quake, however there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

"It just got some nerves going," the dispatcher told United Press International.

The quake was determined to have occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 1.8 miles along the Helendale fault that runs through the Big Bear area. It was followed by a swarm of aftershocks ranging in size from 4.1 on the Richter scale to less than 2.0.

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