Imperial County Rocked By Earthquakes

Earthquakes Blitz through Imperial Valley

By Chris Furguson

On December 30, 2009, at around 10:50 AM, at least four earthquakes rocked the Imperial Valley in less than 20 minutes.

The first quake began at 10:48 am and registered 5.8 on the magnitude scale.  That quake’s epicenter was several miles south east of Mexicali.

The second quake, which registered at 4.9, took place at 10:53 am and had an epicenter close to the previous quake.

The third one registered 3.4, hit at 11:04 am and had an epicenter closer to Mexicali.

The fourth one registered 4.0 and hit on 11:07 am with the same epicenter as the first quake.

While preliminary damage was not known at in the early stages, some houses were rocked heavily enough to cause objects to fall from cabinets and shelves.

More on this story in next week’s Weekly-Chronicle.

A moderate earthquake occurred at 10:48:57 AM (PST) on Wednesday, December 30, 2009.
The magnitude 5.9 event occurred 21 km (13 miles) NNW of Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico.
The hypocentral depth is 7 km ( 4 miles).

Some damage reports coming in of things falling off walls and broken dishes


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