May 18th, 2010
09:20 PM ET

Earthquake hits Southern California


A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on Tuesday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was centered 18 miles west-southwest of El Centro, California,
just north of Mexicali in Mexico's Baja California, the USGS said. It struck at
a depth of 6.3 miles.

"This earthquake is within the aftershock zone of a magnitude 7.2 (earthquake) that occurred on April 4" near Mexicali, said Susan Potter of the USGS. "This is an area that was exposed to many large earthquakes in the past."

At least two people were killed and 100 injured in the April 4 quake.

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  1. john

    I guess Joe^^ is GOD, lol...

    May 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ken baker

    Doesn't anyone know their geography? The quake occured in the Imperial Valley. I was working in El Centro and sure as heck felt it.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stephen

    Didn't feel anything here in Southeast Los Angeles County. I hope everyone is safe!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. efrain

    If there is a 9.0, the epicenter to that one will most likely be close to LA.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      why does it have to be LA? it can happen almost anywhere along the eastern pacific rim. the san andreas fault is only PART of the ring of fire. stop making ridiculous assumptions people...

      May 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. karen

    and I guess aguest is a racist moron.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. efrain

    just kidding joe.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Isabel

    Why does racism have to play into an act of god. LEE DAVIS seems to think that this earthquake "will keep the mexicans home" . I bet his brain is about the size of his penis, almost nothing there. Idiot!!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • efrain

      "act of god"? I like "natural occurrence".

      May 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Clint

    Boy , what are y-all smokin down there?, Iam up here in Seattle, didn't fell a thing :-0

    May 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • efrain

      seems like someone up north has the better "stuff".

      May 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I've got some wonderful Grand Daddy Purple nicely shredded up packed in my vaporizer, what about you?

      May 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • efrain

      That's some northern CA stuff, I heard that after legalization, mendocino county will be the napa valley of pot.

      May 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • freelance7

      I'm on my way, Joe. I'll pay for your booze, take you and your woman out to eat.

      May 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You need some GDP efrain. All of the racists using the news of an earthquake to launch their idiotic opinions on immigration need it. It would be nice for all of the racists to be too couchlocked to hobble over to the computer and troll around the net.

      May 19, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      love that Seattle humor!

      May 19, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. BOB

    did not feel it in ny!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      did not feel it in FL either

      May 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rayce

      didnt feel it in SD

      May 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caral from SoCal

      um...did not feel it in SoCal either – that's the point! It was a little one!

      May 19, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    Yeah! Right on the border, maybe you fools will fall in the ocean! TRADERS!!! GO ARIZONA~

    May 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • efrain

      I wouldn't hold my breath Lisa, Arizona is going to cave in to all the boycotts, just like they did when they did not want to acknowledge Martin Luther King day.

      May 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marisa

      Uh, do you mean traitors? What a fool

      May 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Call it whatever you want....what did Hoover call it? Oh ya, Operation Wetback~

      May 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      You, my dear, are an ignorant bigot...I don't think money is your valid reason for "no college for white folks"...You can't even bloody spell!

      May 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Lisa, you can't even spell....go back to school and try again...

      May 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Bigot? Oh darn, that hurts! You poor, poor, federal offenders want to turn this into a race game? Im up for that! I have been called a whole lot worse, from a whole lot better, and if being proud of my race and my country makes me a bigot, so be it. This is still my country and I am still here legally! What's your excuse?

      May 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Im here more legally than you...Im a Native American...and I'm sure you've heard worse things than this..not surprised....keep up the good work of a proud American! I'm sure you're making others proud.

      May 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      haha, from the same person that was complaining she can't get into college because of illegal immigrants. Sorry dear, it has nothing to do with your skin color but rather the size of your brain.

      May 19, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. zunedog

    its probably the second go around,so get ready.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • efrain

      not likely, but if you bet and one, you'd be a millionaire.

      May 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Whats up

    A Cleric in Iran just announced that the earthquake struck as a result of LA's support for illegal immigrants in Arizona.
    He said it is God's way of scaring them back to Mexico.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • efrain

      A cleric would not use the word "God" they would say "Allah".

      May 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      you stupid..earthquake didint happen in L.A., read again, if you can. And Arizona has its up-commings...yeah!

      May 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whats up

      efrain your right! A cleric would have said Allah.
      Think again when it comes to illegals using the internet. They are steeling health care, maybe they are accessing your wireless too. They are not as stupid as Patty thinks I am.
      Patty read your response to me (you stupid) then read again. I never said it happened in LA. Now you stupid!

      May 19, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. james

    Theyll stone ya when your walkin to the door ! Bob Dylan

    May 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosh

      Everybody must get stoned! Bob Dylan

      May 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Unafy

    MAP 4.5 2010/05/19 00:38:59 32.639 -115.830 13.1 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    May 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NurseKate

    Yep, I felt the rattle in san diego. Pretty short, but was enough to make me pause for a minute to see if I really was feeling what I thought I was. Nothing shook on the table or anything.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
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