RIDGECREST (CBSLA) — Several small earthquakes rattled the desert near Ridgecrest, the area hit last summer by a magnitude-7.1 quake.

The largest earthquake that struck Sunday at 9:15 p.m. had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and was centered about 14 miles west of Ridgecrest, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Less than an hour earlier, an area further away to the northwest of Ridgecrest was hit by a magnitude-3.0 earthquake.

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Last Wednesday, a magnitude-5.5 quake jolted the region.

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This is the same area hit hard by earthquakes measuring 6.4 and 7.1 in July of last year.