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A 5.7 Earthquake Rocks California

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It was a series of rumblings heard around most of Southern California Monday night when a 5.7 quake reared its ugly head, sending most of us quaking in our own PJs.


The epicenter is reported to have been 5 miles from Ocotillo, Calif., which is near the Mexican/US border. People throughout So Cal felt the quake, including many who were at the Padres Game last evening. It us reported that the quake disrupted the baseball game between the Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. As soon as the quake started, the authorities immediately asked the crowds to keep their calm to avoid a stampede that could have resulted in more injuries and deaths than the earthquake itself. Others as far away as Los Angeles and Orange County also experienced the earthquake.

This reporter, who resides in South Orange County, definitely felt the rolling at about 9:30 p.m. as the bed shook, and the vertical blinds cascaded back and forth.

Luckily, there have been no casualties or injuries reported, but, there are reports that indicate some buildings in Ocotillo have been damaged although the damage has not been reported to be significant.

Ocotillo has been on high alert since the quake and the chance of any after shocks is about 40 percent according to the U.S. Geological Survey based in Pasadena.

Seismologists have said the recent tremors were aftershocks of the quake of 7.2 on the Richter Scale that hit the Baja California peninsula of Mexico two months ago.

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