Minor earthquake strikes California

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Shake map of the quake, epicenter marked by the star.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) a moderate earthquake occurred in southern California at 10:29 a.m. (Pacific time) (17:29 UTC) Sunday morning.

The magnitude 4.7 quake occurred 13 kilometers (8 miles) west, northwest of Lake Elsinore with a depth of 1.6 miles (2600 m). A small 2.5 aftershock then occurred about two minutes later.

There are no reports of damage or injuries.

"There were no injuries reported to us at this time. When there's an earthquake over 4.3, we send out an order to all of the stations so firefighters take all of their apparatus out of the basement until we are sure that everything is cleared," said firefighter for the Riverside County Fire Department, Jody Hagemann.