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Earthquake status in Los Angeles after 6.9 temblor in baja California.

A 6.9 earthquake struck Baja Calfornia this afternoon, rattling a large swath of Los Angeles and Southern California.

An 8.8 earthquake in Southern California could be as devastating as in San Francisco in 1907.

The temblor struck about 3:40 p.m. about 108 miles east of Tijuana. In Los Angeles, the shaking persisted for several seconds. It was felt across Southern California, with skyscrapers shaking in San Diego. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

This part of Baja California has experienced regular seismic activity — mostly small quakes but also some strong ones.

The temblor this afternoon affected also the Los Angeles and Orange counties, and dozens of people so far have reported reactions at the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter was near Mexicali and rocked all of Southern California, and set high rise buildings in Los Angeles and San Diego rocking back and forth. The Mexicali area  has been rocking with magnitude 3.0 quakes all week.

Los Angeles fire department officials have gone on earthquake status, and are inspecting buildings and overpasses for damage.

Elevators are stuck in some buildings in Los Angeles, according to fire department radio dispatches.

The earthquake was apparently felt as far away as Phoenix and Las Vegas. So far, no word on damage or injuries due to this major earthquake.  The quake was centered about 175 kilometers (110 miles) east-southeast of Tijuana, according to the USGS.

Chandeliers swung and water sloshed around in swimming pools in the Los Angeles suburbs, witnesses reported, while posters to Twitter reported feeling the quake in Phoenix, Arizona.

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