5.4 Afternoon Earthquake Rattles Southern California

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Initial reports are just starting to flow in about a significant, 5.9-magnitude (Update: later adjusted to 5.4) earthquake that rattled a wide area of southern California at the end of the Wednesday workday. (via LA Times)

The tremor reportedly began at 4:53 p.m. PST near Borrego Springs – located 28 miles south of Palm Springs.

Following in the wake of the massive 7.2 earthquake that hit the Mexicali area on Easter Sunday, it was unclear if this quake would be considered yet another aftershock to that seismic event.

According to the first report from the Los Angeles Times, local residents said the Wednesday quake was strong enough to shatter glass, and was followed by numerous smaller aftershocks.

There were no immediate reports of widespread damage.