San Diego was rocked by a 4.6-magnitude earthquake in Mexican waters
USGS and San Diego State University geologist Tom Rockwell say a magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck at 9:31 p.m. Thursday near the Aqua Blanca fault west-northwest of Ensenada, Mexico, briefly shaking areas of San Diego County.
An area around 80 miles south of San Diego, the epicentre of the quake was nine miles below sea level.
According to the National Tsunami Warning Center in the United States, no tsunami was projected to be generated by the earthquake.
In Chula Vista, La Jolla, and Del Mar the earthquake was felt most powerfully, according to the USGS. San Juan Capistrano, in southern Orange County, was shaken as well. It has been reported that the San Diego Fire Department has begun inspecting its stations for damage.
“It was a sharp, very quick jolt that was widely felt in San Diego,” said Rockwell, who was at home in La Mesa when he felt the quake.
According to Rockwell, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck what is now Southern California more than 350 years ago.
Three days before Easter, there will be an earthquake. A 7.2 earthquake shook Baja California on Easter Sunday in 2010, causing approximately 90 seconds of shaking that could be felt as far away as San Diego and other regions of Southern California.