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Earthquake near Trona downgraded

December 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Experts at Caltech say the Trona earthquake, which was originally thought to be a 4.4 magnitude quake, has been downgraded to a 2.5.The now 2.5 magnitude earthquake hit 15 miles from Trona, California at about 4:28 p.m. on Tuesday. A 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit 5 miles from Rialto, also at 4:28 p.m.

The quake near Rialto was felt in San Bernardino, Pomona, Fontana and Bloomington. There were no reports of damage.

Caltech says that when quakes happen so close together, sometimes the information doesn't always come through cleanly. After a seismologist reviewed information relating to the quake near Trona, it was downgraded to a 2.5

Caltech says these quakes, or clusters of quakes, happen from time to time. There is no specific indication that any of these, though they are generally in the same area, will lead to a larger quake. They say a larger quake is still considered a very small possibility.

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