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Santa Ysabel shaken by small earthquakes


8:38 a.m. OCT. 18 | A magnitude-3.6 earthquake rattled the rural towns of Santa Ysabel and Julian in eastern San Diego County this morning, striking the same location where a slightly smaller tremor was reported the day before.

The temblor hit at 3:06 a.m. at a depth of 1.2 miles, its epicenter 1.9 miles north-northeast of Santa Ysabel and 5.1 miles northwest of Julian,, according to a computer-generated USGS report.

The tremor struck exactly 22 hours after Tuesday’s magnitude-3.1 quake, which was slightly deeper and less than 1,000 feet from today’s epicenter. Tuesday’s quake caused no damage or injuries, sheriff’s officials said.


11:28 a.m. OCT. 17 | SANTA YSABEL – A magnitude 3.2 earthquake rattled the rural town of Santa Ysabel early today and “scared the hell” out of an employee at the 24-hour gas station in town.

“It shook the whole building,” said Suzy Loux, who was working at the Ramco Petroleum station and mini-mart when the earthquake struck at 5:05 a.m.

The quake had a preliminary depth of two kilometers and its epicenter was two miles northeast of Santa Ysabel, about 14 miles east of Ramona and Escondido and about 21 miles northeast of Alpine.

There were no reports of injuries or damage from the small tremor, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

But Loux said the quake felt strong.

“It wasn’t enough to knock anything down, knock any alcohol bottles off the shelf,” she said. “But it shook the whole building … It scared the hell out of me.”

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