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6.3 Quake Off Baja Rattles OC

The 2:36 a.m. temblor was centered 163 miles southwest of Avalon. Did you feel it?

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake off Baja California shook Southern California early Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The temblor struck at 2:36 a.m. at a depth of 7 miles beneath the Pacific Ocean, about 163 miles south-southwest of Avalon in an area of shallow faulting where "the Pacific [tectonic] plate moves to the northwest with respect to the North America plate," according to a USGS statement.

It had been more than 40 years since an earthquake struck in that part of the ocean, according to the USGS.

The quake was felt over a wide area, from Ventura in the north to Ensenada in the south, as well as parts of Orange County, according to the USGS.

"It was a mild rolling for probably about 10-15 seconds," said Sgt. Robert Renteria of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Avalon Station. "We didn't receive one call from anyone."

Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I felt it! My house shook for a quick second enough to wake me up
John Crandall December 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
was completely asleep. maybe i dreamed about it though? :-P

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