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Earthquake From San Diego Strikes Across Southern California

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04/14/2012 03:32 AM ET

An earthquake in the San Diego area was felt across Southern California and was centered about 360 miles southeast. Waking up residents living near the Gulf of California, only hours after a separate temblor swayed tall buildings in Mexico City, causing evacuations. The quake struck at 11:28 am.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.9 magnitude quake hit the waters between the Baja peninsula and the northern state of Sonora at 12:15 a.m. local time. The agency also reported that the quake had a nominal depth.

The San Diego quake struck with a epicenter could be felt across the immediate region.

Residents in the city of Hermosillo woke up as their beds swayed and their ceiling fans shook. The San Diego temblor was centered 82 miles (133 kilometers) northeast of Guerrero Negro, and 133 miles (215 kilometers) west of Hermosillo, and it hit some 6.4 miles (10.3 kilometers) below the surface.

It follows a 6.4 magnitude quake which struck a sparsely populated area in the mountains of western Mexico on Wednesday, and caused multi-story buildings to sway more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) away in Mexico City.

Last month’s big earthquake was felt strongly in the nation’s capital, and it damaged hundreds of homes and killed at least two people near the border between Guerrero and Oaxaca states. Mexico’s seismological service said that quake has been followed by close to 400 aftershocks, including one of magnitude 6.0.

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