Small earthquake hits Newport Beach

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.1 struck the Newport Beach area on Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor, which hit at approximately 3:22 p.m., was centered about 3 miles east of Newport Beach, 3 miles south southeast of Costa Mesa and 7 miles southwest of Irvine, USGS’s incident page stated.

Based on the coordinates provided by USGS, the earthquake struck near the 900 block of North Bayside Drive, according to Google Maps.

It hit at a depth of approximately 4.3 miles.

Weak to light shaking was felt throughout Orange County, USGS reported. Some described the motion as a “big” and “strong” jolt.

The initial quake was followed seven minutes later by a preliminary magnitude-2.2 quake, according to USGS. The smaller temblor was centered in about the same location.

There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

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