Aftershocks hit California-Mexico border following magnitude-5.8 quake

11:46, January 01, 2010      

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Aftershocks continued to hit the California-Mexico border on Thursday morning, following the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that struck the region one day earlier.

There have been more than 12 aftershocks measuring above magnitude 3.0 in the area, with most centering in Mexico near Mexicali and the town of Guadalupe Victoria, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The magnitude-5.8 quake hit the region on Wednesday morning. Residents along the border reported intense shaking but no major damage or injuries from the main quake.

The border area is considered a seismically active region, but quake experts said the 5.8 temblor is the kind of quake seen about once a decade.

The city manager of Calexico, California, about 22 miles (35.2 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter, said there was some heavy shaking for 15 seconds. But he said things quickly got back to normal.

The quake was felt over a wide section of the Southwest, including San Diego, Phoenix and Tijuana. It occurred at 10:48 a.m. about 23 miles (36.8 kilometers) south of Calexico and 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Mexicali.

Source: Xinhua
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