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Earthquake rocks U.S. west coast

By Justin Johnson     Apr 4, 2010 in Environment
San Diego - At around 3:45 p.m. PST, an earthquake was felt over a wide area of San Diego County. The earthquake is believed to have hit at a magnitude of 6.9 to 7.2, originating in Baja, California.
The 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit around 3:45 p.m. All initial data being reported shows that the earthquake was centered in the Baja California area, about 60 miles east of Ensenada, Mexico and 40 miles southwest of San Luis, Arizona. The depth is reported at 20.1 miles.
An earthquake of this magnitude hit the San Francisco Bay area in 1989 and killed 63 people throughout northern California, injured 3,757 and left some 3,000-12,000 people homeless. The recent quake in Haiti was a somewhat larger 7.0.
A call to the San Diego fire department revealed that the department immediately instituted their earthquake safety procedures.
Zane Bennett, a San Diego resident living in the Mission Valley area, stated, "I've never felt an earthquake before, so it was weird." When asked was he startled by the quake, he responded, "It shook the whole apartment. It was kind of crazy!"
The U.S.G.S. reports people in most areas of San Diego County felt the earthquake.
The U.S.G.S. is also reporting quakes with magnitude of 4.0 and 4.1 centered in Northern California.
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