5.1 quake hits California border

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 5:38 pm (local time) on Tuesday and was centered 29 km west-southwest of El Centro, the Imperial County seat in the state's southeastern corner. The region on both sides of the border has been shaking with aftershocks since a magnitude-7.2 quake struck in northern Baja California on April 4.

Yesterday's quake was felt at San Diego's baseball stadium, Petco Park, about 145 km to the west, and in adjacent counties. The USGS website for citizen reports showed responses from as far north as Los Angeles, 280 km away. Imperial County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Veronica Marron said the quake was strongly felt but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Carla Lopez, 17, a hostess and cashier at the Burgers and Beer bar in El Centro, said the shaking lasted at least 20 seconds. "It was strong but nothing fell," she said. "All the customers just looked around, nobody ran out or anything. If it went on any longer, I would have run though."

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