The quake was centered about five miles southwest of Idyllwild, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Image: USGS

It wasn’t the Big One, but an earthquake that hit the Coachella Valley Sunday morning was still a scary reminder of the massive destruction and loss of life that the desert and the rest of Southern California could experience when a monster temblor hits.

Sunday’s 3.5 earthquake occurred at 8:14 a.m. and was centered about five miles southwest of Idyllwild, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was sharp jolt that lasted only a few seconds, but it was a reminder that the San Andreas fault runs fight through the area.

Recent news stories have speculated that the region is overdue to a giant earthquake that could measure 8 or more on the Richter Scale, bringing death and destruction throughout Southern California.

There were no reports of injuries or damage caused by the Sunday earthquake.

–City News Service

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