Earthquake rattled Southern California

posted Jul 11, 2012, 10:57 PM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 10:59 PM ]
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California, striking 5 miles east southeast of Ocotillo and about 70 miles east of San Diego just before 9:27 p.m. Monday night. It has been downgraded after being initially reported at 5.9. More than two dozen earthquakes struck Monday night near the U.S.-Mexican border in San Diego County, rocking a large swath of Southern California and prompting a momentary shutdown of the San Diego Padres game but causing no apparent major damage, officials said. Numerous aftershocks have occurred, ranging from 3.2 to 4.5 on the Richter scale as of 10:30 p.m.. Reporters in the Gaslamp District, in La Jolla and in Normal Heights report feeling the quake  rattle their buildings, but haven’t seen any damage or injuries. Authorities have reported no known damage as well. The temblor was reportedly felt as far east as La Quinta in the Coachella Valley and as far north as Los Angeles. The earthquake was an aftershock of the 7.2 earthquake centered near Mexicali April 4, a Caltech seismologist told KTTV-TV Channel 11 in Los Angeles.
The jolt from the magnitude 5.7 temblor was especially strong in San Diego, where officials halted the game between the Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays for several minutes in the eighth inning at Petco Park stadium. The announcer called for calm, the crowd cheered and the game resumed. Television announcer Dick Enberg joked that the quake may have moved home plate because the Blue Jays were having trouble throwing strikes in the ninth inning.
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