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Monday, November 17, 2008

4.1 Earthquake hits San Diego California

San Diego, Calif. - An earthquake with the magnitude of 4.1 has struck just north of the Palomar Observatory in northern San Diego County. The earthquake, moderate in size and strength, didn't do any significant harm to any structures when it struck this morning 10 miles north of the Palomar Observatory.

The observatory operated by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena was closed when the quake struck. Caltech seismologist Anthony Guarino says the quake was felt from San Diego to Palm Desert.

Experts say San Diego is among the counties that will be affected by predicted future earthquakes.
King City police say there are no reports of damage or injuries after an earthquake with a magnitude 3.6 was recorded outside of the city.

A dispatcher for the department says she was not aware of the quake.

The U.S. Geological Surveys says the earthquake hit at 6:27 about 20 miles southeast of King City, or about 108 miles southeast of San Jose.

While the fires continue to rage in Los Angeles and Montecito, San Diego got their own taste of Mother Nature's fury this morning in the form of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake that was felt over a wide area of San Diego County Monday morning.

The earthquake, which is classified by the US Geological Survey as a "light" earthquake, was felt at 4:35 AM. It was centered about ten miles north of the Palomar Observatory, and 20 miles east of Temecula. There have been reports of people feeling the quake from Twentynine Palms to downtown San Diego.

According to the USGS, a light 4.1 earthquake would not typically be expected to cause injury or damage.

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