4.4 Magnitude Quake Strikes Near Big Bear Lake
BIG BEAR LAKE (CBSLA.com) — A quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 struck near Big Bear Lake Saturday morning.
Many people from San Bernardino county called the CBS2 and KCAL9 newsroom to report feeling the jolt around 10 a.m.
Officials downgraded the quake at 10:10 a.m. to 4.6. By 11 a.m., Cal Tech downgraded the quake to 4.4 and said the epicenter was about 8 miles west of Big Bear Lake.
There were no reports of any major damage to structures or injuries.
Several small rock slides were reported near State Route 18 between Big Bear Dam and Snow Valley.
Officials said about a half dozen cars were stranded on roads. Snowplow have been dispatched to clean the slides, officials said.
One motorist on route 38 said a large rock rolled out onto the roadway and ripped out the undercarriage of his VW GTI.
The quake was felt in West LA, Riverside, Palm Springs, Bakersfield and as far south as Mexico.
Several small aftershocks between 1.4 and 2.2 have been reported near and around the epicenter, authorities said.