Sunday, April 4, 2010

Magnitude 7.2 Temblor Jolts Southern California, Northern Mexico

Buildings in California swayed and roads south of the border buckled and cracked as a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the region on Easter Sunday.

The quake struck at approximately 3:41 PM Pacific Time with the epicenter thought to be some 30 miles southwest of the border town of Calexico, CA and was initially recorded by the USGS as magnitude 6.9. Officials in Calfornia are inspecting highways, bridges and power plants for damage and some roads in Imperial County are closed.

Reports from the Mexican side of the border indicate that many structures in Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, had collapsed or were severely damaged. There were at least two fatalities and the toll road linking Tijuana with Mexicali was shut down.

Left Coast Rebel is updating the situation on his blog as it develops.

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