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Borrego Springs - Aftershocks


Last updated 6/13/2016 at 7:02am

Aftershocks have been felt across the valley following Fridays magnitude 5.2 earthquake. Friday's noteworthy quake comes nearly 24 years after the magnitude-7.3 Landers quake that shook the high desert and Southern California on June 28, 1992.

“This is your classic fault movement, followed by a number of smaller ones that will likely die off,” Patrick Abbott, Ph.D, and Professor Emeritus of Geology at San Diego State University (SDSU), told NBC 7.

Abbott said there’s a slight chance the earthquake may have been a foreshock but he estimates the likelihood of this – and of a larger quake striking soon in the region – is 2 to 4 percent.

At least eight smaller aftershocks hit the region, including a 3.5-magnitude quake at 4:14 a.m., according to the USGS.

Minor damage has been reported but no casualties and landslides were cleared within hours of the quake.

As of Saturday, the U.S. Geological Service listed more than 200 aftershocks in the Borrego Springs area.

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