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5.8 earthquake produces intense shaking but few reports of damage on California-Mexico border

Residents along the California-Mexico border reported intense shaking but no major damage or injuries from today's 5.8 earthquake.

The city manager of Calexico -- about 22 miles from the quake epicenter -- said there was some heavy shaking for 15 seconds. But he said things quickly got back to normal.

Officials weren't greatly worried about the structural integrity of tall buildings -- most buildings in the border town are three stories or fewer.

Calexico officials called their colleagues in Mexicali, which has not requested any aid at this time.

The quake was felt over a wide section of the Southwest, including San Diego, Phoenix and Tijuana. It occurred at 10:48 a.m about 23 miles south of Calexico in Imperial County and 20 miles from Mexicali.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, residents across Imperial County, San Diego County, Orange County and even Los Angeles County reported feeling the temblor.

In downtown San Diego, about 100 miles north of the epicenter, buildings swayed briefly, but there were no reports there of damage or injuries. Reports from closer to the epicenter were not immediately available.

-- Anna Gorman in Los Angeles and Tony Perry in San Diego

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good information that's very help me thanks.....

I dislike earthquakes, I get paranoid... We all have to be prepared.

i didnt feel anything here in orange county

We all felt it in our office in Fountain Valley. We are right next to the 405 fwy and the building swayed for a few seconds. Nothing major.


Got a nice little foot massage up here in Lake Havasu City. Glad there wasn't much damage.

We also felt it in Palm Springs

Just to let you know, I felt it noticeably in Bullhead City, AZ. It was a sliding sensation here for what felt like 30 seconds or so.

I was at work when the temblor started. there was a rumbling sound coming from the ground, then the strong shake started.. we had costumers running out the store.. some ladies screaming. there was this fine mist of dust ... 5 minutes after the 5.8 there was another strong shake (4.8)
there was no cell service.. we have had over 40 smaller tremors some in the range of 3 or 4.0 One thing that i did notice around 5pm is that there where no sounds of birds or dogs.. nothing all was quiet...
i work at Best Buy in El Centro California... but live across the border..
here it was felt much stronger .. there where many windows broken and some cracks on buildings.. but no mayor damage...


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