Earthquake swarm puts California town on edge

August 27th, 2012 in Earth / Earth Sciences

(AP)—Aftershocks continue to shake the Southern California desert a day after moderate earthquakes knocked farming town trailer homes off foundations and shattered windows in a swarm that scientists say could last for days.

There are no injuries.

The largest quake centered near Brawley was at a -5.5 at 1:57 p.m. Sunday and it was widely felt from San Diego to Arizona. About 90 minutes earlier, a magnitude-5.3 quake shook the region.

By dawn Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey website shows there have been dozens of in Imperial County, the largest a magniutude-4.9 at 9:41 p.m. Sunday. There was also a 3.0 at 12:32 a.m. Monday.

There was cosmetic damage to several 1930s buildings in downtown Brawley and 20 mobile homes were knocked off their and deemed uninhabitable.

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