Southern California Shaken by 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake

Three earthquakes - one of them capable of causing moderate damage - rocked an area of Riverside County near Banning Tuesday and was felt as far away as Los Angeles about 90 miles from the epicenter. The epicenter was located almost 7 miles north of Cabazon, a town of about 2,500 located 90 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The quake occurred at 4:49 a.m.at a depth of 8 miles, the U.S Geological Survey said.

While information is still coming in, the government agency said there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

An aftershock measured at 3.2 magnitude followed minutes later.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage.

In response, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials directed firefighters to remove all trucks, engines and other apparatus from stations across the city.

No damage or injuries were reported, but the shaking was felt in Los Angeles, almost 100 miles west of the epicenter.

The temblor was felt as far west as the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley, as far south as Tijuana, and near Barstow to the north. Residents in the Inland Empire reported feeling it strongly in cities like Menifee, Rancho Cucamonga and Temecula.

On Twitter, users from across the region reported experiencing the latest spate of temblors. Twitter user David Elias, who tweeted from Woodcrest in Riverside County, joked that "an quake wakes me up like an alarm never could".

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  • Jon Douglas