Series of earthquakes strike near El Centro, rattling San Diego

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A series of earthquakes have been reported near El Centro Monday, the largest a 4.8 magnitude just after midnight, which did cause some damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first and largest of nearly two dozen earthquakes was a 4.8 magnitude a mile north-northwest of El Centro at 12:36 a.m. Monday. It was 2.3 miles north of Imperial and was about 11 miles deep, USGS reported.

The USGS estimated the earthquake would be above a magnitude 5.0 and delivered a ShakeAlert app notification to users in the area.

About a couple minutes later, a 4.5 magnitude aftershock was recorded at 12:42 a.m. Monday and centered 1.2 miles northwest of El Centro. It was about 9 miles deep, USGS reports.

Some San Diegans have reported feeling the earthquake as far as Coronado.

A series of earthquakes have been reported near El Centro Monday, the largest a 4.8 magnitude just after midnight, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There have been more than two dozen earthquakes reported in the same area since midnight and the latest has been at 9:30 a.m. The 2.5 magnitude had a depth of about 7 miles.

Some NBC 7 viewers who live in Imperial and El Centro have said they felt multiple quakes.

“Yes, I live in Imperial and they haven’t stopped all night,” another viewer wrote.

“I’m here in El Centro and it’s been crazy all night with these shakes,” one viewer wrote on our Facebook post.


The map shows the aftershocks reported in El Centro since midnight Monday.

Damage reported from the earthquakes

The City of El Centro said the earthquakes did cause some damage to a fourplex apartment complex in the city. The building suffered a waterline break when a water heater tipped over, which caused some minor flooding.

No injuries were reported and no other damage or injuries in the city of El Centro has been reported.

Classes suspended in Mexicali after 4.8 And 4.5 earthquakes

In Mexicali, Baja California, classes were suspended as a preventive measure due to the earthquakes on Monday while the State Council of Civil Protection reviews school buildings and facilities.

According to Tijuana’s Civil Protection, no damage was reported to any property in the city.
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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.