April 5, 2010

Magnitude - 7.2 quake strikes Baja California

Sign on San Diego reports:

SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2010 AT 5:34 P.M

— 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.

— 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."


— 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.

3 comments:

LindyLouMac said...

Oh no another one, what is happening in this world!

Nadege said...

There are earthquakes ever 10 mn on the planet. In Southern California it is even more often but they are small and we can't feel them. This one was long and had a rolling motion since we were further North but my neigbors were in San-Diego and really felt it.
Hope your friends, family and houses are fine Leesa.

Pedro F. Báez said...

Leesa, I was writing a comment to thank some followers that left comments on my blog when all of the sudden I felt sick, and for a second or two I thought I was going out of my mind, or was having a stroke, because my head was spinning, I felt sick to my stomach and I couldn't move. Then I noticed the vertical blinds and the chandelier in the dinning room were swaying back and forth and that the floor under me was rolling and making waves back and forth, so I was relieved (though terrified at the same time) that it was a quake and not a stroke! Anyway, it was very unpleasant and weird this time. I did not feel strong in my area, but very prolonged (lasted 45-50 seconds, which during an earthquake seems like an eternity) and I got sick to my stomach and had vertigo for a while thereafter... Let's hope there are not too many human loses and that nothing bigger will come anybody's way. Hugs.