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6.9 quake in Baja California rattles office workers in San Diego [Updated]

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A 6.9 earthquake this morning in Baja California was felt in the San Diego area, prompting some people to evacuate a downtown San Diego office tower.

The temblor hit about 360 miles south of the California border, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. TV news footage showed some office workers milling outside San Diego high-rise buildings, and the local NBC affiliate reported that people had left City Hall.

The temblor struck about 11 a.m. in the Gulf of California, about 49 miles from Santa Isabel. There was no immediate word of damage or injuries.

[Updated at noon: There were several moderate temblors in the same part of the Gulf of California before the 6.9 earthquake struck, and officials said this might be a quake swarm. A 5.8 quake struck before the 6.9 temblor, and a 5.0 and 5.9 hit soon after.

Officials have not issued a tsumani warning in the wake of the quakes. [Updated at 4:50 p.m.: The USGS placed the depth of the quake at 6.2 miles. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the quake struck 4.5 miles underground.]

According to the USGS's Did You Feel It? Web page, the quake was felt in San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Orange and elsewhere.]

-- Shelby Grad

Image: U.S. Geological Survey

 
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We felt it in Los Angeles!

We felt it all the way in Century City. At that point it was just a wee tremble but still!

I felt it in Milwaukee

Sure you did. More power of suggestion from the media. Herding mentality takes over. Meanwhile, I'm living in Mexico (Mazatlan) and it's closer than you guys. We felt nothing! Nor have others. I talked to someone in the state of Sonora, directly across from where this would have been. They felt nothing.

That should be Tucson, AZ not Tuscon.
T-U-C-S-O-N

We didn't feel it in Hermosa Beach, CA.

"A 6.9 earthquake this morning in Baja California was felt in the San Diego area, prompting some people to evacuate a downtown San Diego office tower."

San Diego only has ONE office tower? So you found a few nervous hens in one building and reported on it as news? Ugh.

Didn't feel a thing in the valley.

Phoenix: the new Mailibu on the revised West Coast.

I felt it in Maryland!! Really!

Learn to swim

We felt it in Tampa!
GEEEZ ... that was a strong one!

Yeah we felt it here on the moon as well, no really!

i felt it on venus!

Ha, ha, ha.

"According to the USGS's Did You Feel It? Web page, the quake was felt in San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Orange and elsewhere."

Elsewhere? Like, say, Zimbabwe perhaps? How it is that it was felt (but not "reportedly") in ALL of those areas in the U.S. and you found out about it in under an hour but still have NO reports from Mexico itself? Hmm? Interesting.

I felt it at your house :)

I felt it in Florida while riding inside the Haunted Mansion at Disney World.

Don't get me all excited for nothing. Just let us know when CA falls into the ocean. I have champagne on ice.

I felt it in Alaska while I was sunbathing on an icefloe.

OMG we're here in Georgia!


Nope, didn't feel it.

NO, we did NOT feel it in Los Angeles, You people are INSANE! I am on the 2nd floor of a building in West Los Angeles, nothing was felt here by anyone. I called my husband who is working in Oceanside CA on the 3rd floor of a building, on a ladder, he nor nor his coworkers felt the quakes, he is 75 miles closer to Baja than myself. Either these are cases of extremely sensitive individuals, along the lines of "The Princess and the Pea" or mass hysteria.

San Diego, Ca. ..... didnt feel a thing.

I felt it in New Jersey.

We felt this in Florida!!!!!!!

I felt it in Dallas!

 
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