- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

BOMBAY BEACH, California (AP) — A moderate earthquake has shaken Southern California’s Imperial County near the Salton Sea but there are no reports of injuries or damages.

Seismologist Amy Vaughn of the U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.7 quake struck at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday.

It was centered at a depth of about 3 1/2 miles (5 1/2 kilometers), and 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of the small town of Bombay Beach. That is 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Diego.

A magnitude-3.0 quake struck a few minutes later. Many small quakes have shaken the area in recent days.

An Imperial County sheriff’s deputy said there had been no reports of any damage.

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