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

August 3, 2009 | 11:48 am


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