SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2010 AT 5:34 P.M
The quake struck south of Mexicali, Mexico, at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, but damage also was being reported north of the border.LOS ANGELES — Damage reports from the U.S.-Mexico border region are growing after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake in Baja California that was felt from Tijuana and Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Phoenix.Calexico Fire Chief Peter Mercado tells KABC-TV in Los Angeles that there is substantial damage in the older section of the southeastern California city. Mercado says there is structural damage and broken windows, leaking gas lines and damage to the water system. But he says no injuries have been reported."
TIJUANA, Mexico — One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Southern California in decades shook tens of millions of people in two countries and three states on Sunday, swaying buildings from Los Angeles to Phoenix to Tijuana. At least one person in Mexico was killed and others were feared trapped in their homes.
The 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:40 p.m. PDT, about 38 miles (60 kms) southeast of the border city of Mexicali, Mexico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Three aftershocks of magnitudes 5.1, 4.5 and 4.3 followed within the hour.
"It sounds like it's felt by at least 20 million people at this point," USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said. "Most of Southern California felt this earthquake."
The earthquake was felt the hardest in Mexicali, a bustling commerce center along the border."
Some reports state the magnitude was 6.9 - 2 killed in Mexico and hundreds injured.