Earthquake swarm puts California town on edge

2:53 AM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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BRAWLEY, Calif. (AP) -- A magnitude-4.2 earthquake has rattled communities 100 miles east of San Diego, despite observations from earthquake experts that a series of small to moderate earthquakes seemed to be slowing down and getting smaller in magnitude.

U.S. Geological Survey Geophysicist Shengzao Chen says no one can predict earthquakes and prior to the 7 p.m. quake, a slowing seemed to be in effect with most of Monday's temblors under magnitude-2.5, and occurring in intervals of no greater than 30 minutes.

On Sunday, a swarm of earthquakes caused power outages and pushed 20 mobile homes at a trailer park off their foundations and rendered them uninhabitable.

Two quakes on Sunday registered at magnitude-5.5 and magnitude-5.3.

Associated Press

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