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Magnitude 4.1 quake strikes four miles east of Desert Hot Springs

DESERT HOT SPRINGS - A magnitude-4.1 earthquake centered four miles east-northeast of Desert Hot Springs rattled parts of Riverside County today, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The epicenter of the 10:39 a.m. temblor was nine miles east-southeast of Morongo Valley and 12 miles north-northeast of Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which reported that the quake struck at a depth of about two miles. The agency originally reported the quake as a magnitude-3.8, but was quickly upgraded to a 4.0 and then to a 4.1.

Some residents called Desert Hot Springs police to report the quake, but no one reported any injuries or significant damage, a police dispatcher said.

Yvonne Lopez was one of the residents who called police.

''I heard it before I actually felt it -- it sounded like a loud truck rolling by,'' the Desert Hot Springs resident said. ''My dog started barking and was scared, so I picked her up. When it was over, I called 911 to tell them what I felt.''

Phone calls from concerned residents also flooded city offices.

''We all felt it here, and the residents did too. It was a nice little jolt and basically it got everyone's attention and stirred things up for a bit,'' said Marcia Perez, a city spokeswoman. ''Everyone seems to be OK.''

Firefighters were dispatched to survey local neighborhoods and buildings, but had not received any reports of damage or injuries as of midday, said Cheri Patterson of the Riverside County Fire Department.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS - A magnitude-4.0 earthquake centered four miles east-northeast of Desert Hot Springs rattled parts of Riverside County today, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The temblor occurred at 10:39 a.m. nine miles east-southeast of Morongo Valley and 12 miles north-northeast of Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck at a depth of about two miles, the USGS reported. The agency originally reported the quake as a magnitude-3.8, but was quickly upgraded to a 4.0.

According to the United States Geological Society, at 10:44 am a 3.8 magnitude earthquake was reported. The quake was 4 miles northeast of Desert Hot Springs, 9 miles southeast of Morongo Valley, south of Yucca Valley, 12 miles northeast of Palm Springs and 92 miles northeast of San Diego.

The quake lasted about 31 seconds.

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