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6.9 earthquake strikes Baja California; Los Angeles rattled

A 6.9 earthquake struck Baja Calfornia this afternoon, rattling a large swath of Los Angeles and Southern California.

The temblor struck about 3:40 p.m. about 108 miles east of Tijuana. In Los Angeles, the shaking persisted for several seconds. It was felt across Southern California, with skyscrapers shaking in San Diego. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

This part of Baja California has experienced regular seismic activity -- mostly small quakes but also some strong ones.

The temblor this afternoon prompted reports to local authorities in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and dozens of people so far have reported it on the "Did You Feel It" reporting system at the U.S. Geological Survey.

-- Ruben Vives and Shelby Grad

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the pool water in my backyard was sloshing around and overflowing
i thought it was caused by the wind or the filter machine

About 30 seconds of rattling and shaking in Carmel Valley, not too bad! I think this is the longest/strongest one I have ever felt, kind of exciting. I hope that the people in Baja are not too harshly affected...

We felt it in Sierra Madre. Nothing inside the house moved at all, but the pool was sloshing back and forth for several minutes after the quake ended, with water pouring out. Weird.

We are in Northern Baja just south of Ensenada and it was pretty strong. No damage but the shaking lasted quite a while.

totally felt it in San Clemente...20+ seconds

Gentle East to West shaking, lasted 30+ seconds here in Redlands.

I was resting in bed, nearly asleep, when I awakened by the shaking of my bed and the bedroom door rattled as if someone was trying to open it. The water in the reservoir of my coffee brewer on a table nearby was sloshing back and forth and continued for several seconds before the movement stopped. This happened at approximately 3:42 PM. We live in Torrance.

long rolling sways in siler lake

In Claremont, California this earth quake generated east to west feelings from the ground for about 20 seconds. No damage reported.

Rockin' and rollin' here in capistrano beach. Seemed like it would never stop.

I felt it! Thank goodness it was a small one...

That was the oddest one I have ever felt.

My 3 story condo was moving side to side. Lasted like 20 seconds. Covina.

We we swaying and rolling - lasted a long time. Several aftershocks, too. Lamps swinging, pool sloshing around, gave me a headache and made us all dizzy. I feel there will be many more aftershocks.

Here in downtown LA...we FELT IT! Our highrise swayed lightely at first that it got more intense. It was frightening!!!

Remember this all those city officials and contractors who want to build more and more high rises downtown..not a good idea!


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