Magnitude-4.1 quake shakes California desert

COSO JUNCTION — A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has shaken California's eastern desert, one of many small temblors that have struck the state in recent days.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Department says there are no reports of injury or damage from the Sunday quake near Coso Junction, about 75 miles northeast of Bakersfield.

A report from the U.S. Geological Survey says the quake came at 4:10 p.m. in a sparsely populated area in the upper Mojave desert frequently hit with small and moderate quakes.

The USGS says it was centered five miles northeast of Coso Junction and 140 miles north of Los Angeles, at a depth of 1.3 miles.

A magnitude-2.6 aftershock followed about three minutes later.

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