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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 5:30 am

YUCCA VALLEY— A small, 3.3 magnitude earthquake rattled the Morongo Basin Monday evening.

The temblor hit at 9:22 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was five miles from Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, 11 miles from Desert Hot Springs and 18 miles from Twentynine Palms.

A map provided by the USGS shows the epicenter less than a mile from Joshua Tree National Park’s Black Rock Canyon Ranger Station.

Four other earthquakes registering 3.0 and above have hit California in the last seven days.

The visitor center and ranger station is unoccupied during the summer season and the national prk reported no damage.

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the 7.3 magnitude Landers earthquake, the fifth largest in California’s history.

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