CALIPATRIA, Imperial County (CBS SF) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the Southern California area Wednesday evening.

The USGS says the quake’s epicenter was located 8-miles west of Lata, Solomon Islands, and struck right at the surface. Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.

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The quake struck at 7:15 pacific time.

There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake, according to NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.

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