6.3 Quake Off Baja Rattles San Diego County

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 San Diego and Orange counties, according to the USGS.

Libi Uremovic December 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM
i felt it....it was a 'gentle wave', not a 'deep shake'...
Michelle Mowad (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Woke me up. Usually, I sleep right through.
Hoa Quách December 14, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I was awake but didn't feel it :-D
M December 14, 2012 at 06:47 PM
This is why SAN ONOFRE, with all the malfunctions it's had must NEVER be brought back on line!
Jan Clak December 14, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I felt something that woke me up and wondered if it was an earthquake. Now I know that we did.
John Galt December 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
No - I did not feel it in North IB
Ed Sorrels December 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Live on one of the fill area's on the north side, was awake and I did feel it !
VZ December 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM
With the stormy winds and thunderstorms, the movement felt like a ride downhill! From the beautiful cliffs of Rosarito beach.
Erika Lowery December 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM
It woke my toddler up. Thanks. My husband felt it at work too.


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