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California Quakes Rattle Coastal Cities

California quakes rattle coastal cities in places near the border between California and Mexico.  The U.S. Geographical Survey reports that a magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattled Southern California on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 p.m. local time.  The quake occurred 65 miles from Tijuana, Mexico along the U.S. and Mexico border.  The largest trembler and resulting aftershocks were felt as far north as Los Angeles, California.  

The epicenter of the largest quake was 4.3 miles under the earth's surface.  Several after shocks measured magnitudes ranging from 1.9 to 2.6.  The most recent quake occurred on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 6:33 a.m. local time near Baja California, just 4 miles from Ocotillo, California.  

Experts are developing new means of predicting earthquakes.  Teams of scientists from the U.S. Geographical Survey, federal and state agencies, and private or public universities are investigating the causes and mechanisms of earthquakes to better prepare for future earthquakes.


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