Since late Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14, a series of tremors have occurred in the Aguanga area. The largest was recorded at magnitude 4.4 at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.
Nine were reported through 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. Another five quakes, including two magnitude 3.3, were recorded, including two on Monday morning, Aug. 20.
The 4.4 quake was felt as far west as Irvine along the coast near Oceanside, east beyond Indio, north to Big Bear and south to San Diego. This quake is on the San Jacinto Fault.
The other tremors ranged in magnitude from 2.1 to 3.3. Three of them were 3.0 or greater. In May, several similar quakes occurred in the same area.
Noted seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, said, “These tiny quakes near Cahuilla are moving very small areas and release only a small amount of strain,” and added, “Thousands of tiny quakes have been occurring here for two years.”
No damages or injuries have been reported as a result of this series of tremors.