earthquake.jpgIt’s a bit out of our jurisdiction, but since we’re all in this thing together, you might be interested to know that at 4:53, Southern California experienced a magnitude 5.4 earthquake. Which is not an insignificant magnitude!

Unless your superpower is plate tectonics, I doubt you felt this one, as its epicenter is closest to Borrego Springs.

Per the USGS, the quake was:

22 km (13 miles) NNW from Borrego Springs, CA
23 km (14 miles) SE from Anza, CA
33 km (20 miles) NE from Lake Henshaw, CA
41 km (25 miles) SW from Indio, CA
45 km (28 miles) S from Palm Springs, CA
94 km (58 miles) NE from San Diego, CA

So far, no injuries or damage has been reported, but aftershocks continue. But now, when a well-meaning but geographically impaired friend/relative calls to ask you about the quake they just saw on CNN, you can say something besides “I do not know what you are talking about.”

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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