Two Earthquakes Strike Southern California

Two 3.0-plus earthquakes rocked Southern California in a recent 14-hour period.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the last one, a 3.5 "shallow" strike, hit just before 9 a.m. today in the mountains near Coachella.

A Palm Springs newspaper is reporting that residents in the area of the quake (and as far south as San Diego County) felt the ground mildly shake but didn't report any serious damage.

Around 7 p.m. on Thursday, a 3.1 quake also struck near Joshua Tree.

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The largest recent quake, 4.1, happened at sea several miles off the Long Beach/Orange County coast on Jan. 3.

What could all this mean? Well, doomsday advocates say Nostradamus predicted 2012 will bring multiple, disastrous earthquakes and "great calamity" leading to the end of the world.

Or, perhaps, it could mean nothing except a Hollywood sequel.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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