SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S.-Mexico border was rocked by a
magnitude-5.7 earthquake Monday night, rattling nerves in a region
still recovering from the deadly Easter jolt.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered five
miles southeast of Ocotillo in Imperial County - about 85 miles
east of San Diego. It struck Monday at 9:26 p.m. PDT.
The quake was an aftershock of the deadly Easter Sunday
magnitude-7.2 quake that shook Baja California and Southern
California, said Egill Hauksson, a seismologist at the California
Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He said the epicenter of
Monday's quake occurred in the same zone of the quake in April.
"Aftershocks can go on for months and years," he said.
Thousands of aftershocks have occurred since the Easter
earthquake. More than 100 aftershocks were recorded immediately
following Monday's 5.7 quake, with the largest measuring at
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake "could break windows, it could throw
things on the floor, it could create cracks on the wall, but we
don't expect things to collapse," Hauksson said.
San Diego County Office of Emergency Services had no reports of
significant damage. Louis Fuentes, chairman of the Imperial County
board of supervisors, also said he had no immediate reports of
"As soon as it hit, my wife said, 'Grab the baby.' My daughter
ran out to the back yard," said Fuentes, who was in his garage in
Calexico, about 30 miles east of the epicenter. "It thumped really
Fuentes said his chandeliers swayed at his home and metal
objects banged but nothing fell off the shelves. Imperial County
suffered significant damage in April's Easter Sunday quake.
"All the lamps, the liquor bottles and the TV hanging from the
ceiling shook, but nothing dropped," said Marina Garcia, an
employee at the Burgers and Beer restaurant in El Centro, about 30
miles east of Ocotillo.
The quake was felt as a gentle rolling motion in the Los Angeles
San Diego's Petco Park swayed during the quake, causing a
momentary pause at the Toronto Blue Jays-San Diego Padres game. The
public address announcer asked that everyone remain calm. The crowd
David Eckstein of the Padres had just grounded out in the bottom
of the inning when the stadium began shaking. The next batter,
Chase Headley, stayed out of the batter's box for a few seconds,
then stepped in.
San Diego County sheriff's dispatch supervisor Becky Strahm said
some of her colleagues reported things falling off their shelves,
but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or
The quake followed a series of temblors that struck Southern
California over the weekend, including a pair of moderate
earthquakes that rattled a desert area east of San Diego. Residents
in downtown San Diego felt the ground rumbling during at least one
of the Saturday quakes.