A shallow earthquake of a magnitude 4.5 was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It occurred about two miles north of Banning, in Riverside County at 6:42 a.m. No damage estimates have been reported yet, but the quake is believed to have occurred just 10 miles below the surface, which could cause some damage close to the epicenter.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reporting landslides on some of the roads and highways in the area; State Highway 243 south of Banning, and a tree and boulders on State Highway 74 east of Anza. This comes after the area was soaked with nearly two inches of rain on Tuesday and more rain is predicted for the area in the next few days.
People in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties told local news outlets they felt the quake. Aftershocks are expected so drivers and residents in nearby locations should proceed with caution.
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