The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.4 quake in the United States near Indio, Riverside County, California, only 7 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early afternoon on Tuesday 13 April 2021 at 2:35 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 1.7 miles. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 3.4 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Indio Hills (pop. 970) located 8 miles from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Indio (pop. 87,500) located 9 miles from the epicenter, Coachella (pop. 44,600) 10 miles away, La Quinta (pop. 40,500) 16 miles away, Palm Desert (pop. 51,900) 18 miles away, Rancho Mirage (pop. 18,100) 19 miles away, Cathedral City (pop. 53,800) 22 miles away, and Twentynine Palms (pop. 26,000) 23 miles away.
EARTHQUAKEMONITOR • Contributed
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