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5.2 earthquake jolts the Valley

December 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in northern Baja California jolted and shook Imperial Valley residents Saturday afternoon.

According to seismologist Egill Hauksson at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, the earthquake hit about 3:36 p.m. in the Gulf of California in the Sonora region, 54 miles southwest of Yuma.

Police and fire departments around the Imperial Valley did not receive any reports of injuries or damages. The earthquake lasted for about a minute.

Some police and fire departments in the Northend of the Imperial Valley said they did not feel the earthquake, although reports say residents in California more than 75 miles from the epicenter felt the quake, including San Diego, El Cajon and Chula Vista.

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Residents in Mexicali, about 50 miles west of the epicenter, also felt the quake.

According to Calexico police, Mexicali officials said they had not received any reports of injuries.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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