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

December 30, 2009 |  1:07 pm

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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