3 light earthquakes rattle east California desert

COSO JUNCTION, Calif. (AP) — A third small earthquake has hit California's eastern desert, but no injuries or damages have been reported.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologists say the 3.7-magnitude earthquake hit just after noon Tuesday, following two smaller quakes that struck in the same area around midnight Tuesday.

The first quake had a magnitude of 3.3 and struck at 11:54 p.m. Monday. The second had a 3.0 magnitude and happened about an hour later at 1:06 a.m. Tuesday.

The temblors' epicenters were all within a couple miles of the small town of Olancha on U.S. Highway 395 in Inyo County.

The quakes struck the sparsely populated Owens Valley area near Death Valley, about 140 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.