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5.8 earthquake felt over a large part of the Southwest; buildings sway in downtown San Diego [Updated]

December 30, 2009 | 11:37 am
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A 5.8 earthquake rocked the California-Mexico border this morning and was felt over a wide section of the Southwest, including San Diego, Phoenix and Tijuana.

The sizable temblor 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 Service, 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.

[Updated at 11:46 a.m.: This was the strongest of a half-dozen quakes that have hit the Calexico area in the last few days.]

-- Shelby Grad