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3.5-Magnitude Baja California Earthquake Felt in San Diego

The quake rattled an area about 3.1 miles southeast of Tijuana late Friday night, about five miles from San Ysidro

Residents in San Diego’s South Bay reported feeling an earthquake that rattled Baja California Friday night, striking near Tijuana, Mexico.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake – a 3.5-magnitude rattler, 10.5 kilometers in depth – hit south of the border at 11:40 p.m. Friday. It was centered 3.1 miles southeast of Tijuana. Residents in Chula Vista, Eastlake, Otay Ranch and Imperial Beach told NBC 7 it was strongly felt in their communities.

Chula Vista Jenn Pavlov said she first heard rumbling, then felt the movement.

Sunny Rodriguez described a similar experience: "It started with a low rumble, then the house shook hard once side to side," Rodriguez told NBC 7 on Facebook.

The USGS said the epicenter of the earthquake was about five miles from San Ysidro and less than 10 miles from Chula Vista.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Eastlake resident Amber Fournier told NBC 7 she felt a “huge jolt” hit her home.

“It almost felt like an explosion and I jumped up. I was in bed; I started hitting my husband, like, ‘What is going on?’” Fournier said.

She said the jolt lasted only a few seconds. Her kids slept right through it.

Eastlake resident Michelle Portilla also described the temblor as quick.

“I heard the noise first,” Portilla recalled. “I felt like someone was shaking the walls and then I felt kind of like a wave. [It was] very quick though.”

Portilla said her children didn’t feel the quake, but her husband did – although for him, it was no big deal.

Residents in other parts of the county reported feeling the earthquake, too, including in Spring Valley, Lakeside, El Cajon and Rancho San Diego.

El Cajon resident Heidi Lee told NBC 7 the quake "felt like a giant gave our house a good swift kick."

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