INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- A modest earthquake left Southern California with the jitters yesterday but no serious damage as the temblor caused swaying and rolling from the desert to the coast, sending children scrambling under their desks and office workers running for the door.
The 9:55 a.m. quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7, said Nick Scheckel, seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology's seismological laboratory in Pasadena. The epicenter was about a dozen miles from the Riverside County desert community of Anza, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The temblor, which occurred at a depth of eight miles, was felt sharply in the local area and caused a swaying or rolling motion in Los Angeles and San Diego as well as in Orange and San Bernardino counties. It was sandwiched between several foreshocks and aftershocks.
"It kind of shook, and then I thought, 'God, is that an earthquake?"' said Susie Bride, a cashier at Cahuilla Mountain Market and Cafe in Anza. "It kind of shook and then it rolled a little bit and then it shook again."
Rachelle Siefken was at home in Aguanga with her daughter, 4, and son, 16 months. It was the first earthquake for both children, and her son in particular was scared, she said. -- AP