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Magnitude 4 earthquake shakes southeastern California

August 23, 2021 GMT

WESTMORLAND, Calif. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 shook an agricultural area of southeastern California early Monday.

The quake struck at 7:57 a.m. south of the Salton Sea, about 7 miles (11.5 kilometers) north of Westmorland, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake occurred at a depth of 4.1 miles (6.6 kilometers).

The area is primarily covered by vast farm fields.

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This story has been corrected to show that the town name is spelled Westmorland, not Westmoreland.