The string of small earthquakes east of Indio continued today, with one quake striking a lot closer to inhabited areas than the others.
A magnitude 2.9 quake struck just 7 miles east-northeast of downtown Indio at 7:29 a.m. today, according to automated seismographs operated by the USGS.
That epicenter would be in the mountains near Fargo Canyon, east of the Dillon Road bridge over the Coachella Canal.
Dozens of small and moderate quakes that rattled the Coachella Valley for two weeks have all been centered about 4 miles further east than today’s shaker.
Several dozen quakes in the magnitude 2-3 neighborhood have been centered at the same location, under the mountains on the east side of the Coachella Valley. The episode began with a pair 3.4 quakes that hit at the same epicenter, 11 miles east-northeast of Indio, at 8:15 a.m. and 6:12 p.m. on March 27.
A magnitude 3.0 struck that same spot at 12:01 p.m. Thursday.
People from Desert Hot Springs north to Twentynine Palms reported feeling the largest quakes to the USGS Internet site.