6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits California
A powerful earthquake Monday shook fishing villages along Mexico's Gulf of California and prompted alarm as far away as Phoenix, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The U.S. National Earthquake Information Center said the 6.9-magnitude quake struck at 12:59 p.m. (1:59 EDT, 17:59 GMT) and was centered 76 miles north-northeast of Santa Isabel in Baja California and 331 miles southeast of the border city of Tijuana.
It was the strongest of four quakes of 5.0-magnitude or greater that struck the area over a 45-minute period late Monday morning.
The quake was also felt in San Diego, where city employees left an 18-story downtown tower that houses the city attorney and other departments.
"Employees heard and felt some shaking and rattling," said Darren Pudgil, a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders. "I'm told 40 to 50 people left the building but have since returned."
Gina Coburn, a spokeswoman for the city attorney's office, sought safety in a doorway of her 16th-floor office and thought briefly about leaving the building.
6.9 Quake Hits Gulf of California
The fault system that produced the quake is likely linked to faults to the north that caused a large amount of earthquake activity in northern Mexico and Southern California earlier this year, said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Bob Dollar.
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