Earthquake in Baja area rocks Phoenix, surrounding cities

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PHOENIX -- Arizonans from downtown Phoenix to the West Valley reported feeling an earthquake that was centered in the Gulf of California off the Mexican coast Monday morning.

Earthquake felt in Phoenix

Earthquake in Gulf of Mexico rocks Arizona - Arizonans from downtown Phoenix to the West Valley reported feeling an earthquake that was centered in the Gulf of Mexico Monday morning.

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It hit at about 11 a.m. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, preliminary reports put the quake at a magnitude of about 6.9 and about six miles deep. The epicenter was about 350 southeast of the border city of Tijuana.

Just minutes before that major earthquake, a smaller quake hit. That one was a magnitude 5.8, and centered about 328 miles southeast of Tijuana.

According to CNN, there are no reports of damage in Baja, Calif. There also were no immediate reports of tsunami warnings along the West Coast.

Here in Arizona, 3TV viewers reported water sloshing out of swimming pools and light fixtures swaying.

Alex Rangel of the Phoenix Fire Department said workers at a high-rise in downtown Phoenix was evacuate because of the tremors. Everybody returned to work a short time later. The fire department did not respond.

Employees at Cabela's, a sporting goods store in Glendale, also reported feeling the shaking.

Rangel said he has not heard any reports of the kind of damage that's usually associated with earthquakes.