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5.1 earthquake hits California border area [Updated]

May 18, 2010 |  5:57 pm

An earthquake estimated at magnitude 5.1 struck the California-Mexico border Tuesday afternoon, apparently another sharp aftershock from the 7.2 Mexicali temblor last month.

The new quake was reported at 5:38 p.m. 19 miles southwest of Calexico in Imperial County. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but the quake was felt across the border region.

The April 4 earthquake killed two people in Mexicali and caused significant damage there. But Calexico in Imperial County was also hard-hit. It caused at least $91 million in damage in California alone.

President Obama on Friday signed a federal disaster declaration for the Calexico area.

The move makes areas with quake damage eligible for federal funding, including government agencies and nonprofit groups.

[Updated, 6:05 p.m.: Hundreds of people reported feeling the quake to the U.S. Geological Service. Many of the reports came from Imperial and San Diego counties, but residents in Irvine, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Corona and other areas also reported shaking.

A spokeswoman for the Imperial County Sheriff's Department told the Associated Press that the temblor was felt but there were no reports of damage.]

-- Shelby Grad