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Earthquake in Baja California shakes Mexicali border and is felt in San Diego

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Photo from 'Omar Omar' via Flickr

Photo from 'Omar Omar' via Flickr

Yesterday, on Easter Sunday, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Northern Mexico.  The epicenter was in Mexicali, but shaking was felt in San Diego and much of southern California, Arizona, Las Vegas and northern Mexico. The earthquake struck at 3:40PM and was followed by aftershocks felt all over southern California and Mexicali.

South of the border, buildings were damaged and numerous injuries are expected, although reports remain unknown as of now. Power outages and phone line damage occurred in both the US and Mexico. San Diego and Los Angeles buildings trembled, but according to San Diego County Officials, there has been no significant damage.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicenter is located “16 miles southwest of Guadalupe Victoria in Baja California, Mexico, and 110 miles southeast of Tijuana.”

Some San Diegans have claimed this to be the “biggest earthquake” they’ve ever experienced. UCSD student Alex Price was studying in the Biology Medical Library when he felt the ground starting to shake. “It was very light at first and then it got heavier. You could feel the building shaking but nothing was falling off the shelves,” Price said. “Once the earthquake got real heavy, everyone climbed under their desks. A lot of people also ran out of the building—which I don’t think is what you’re supposed to do.”

When you’re indoors, it’s best to drop and take cover while staying away from windows, doors and walls. You should stay inside until the shaking stops. For a detailed list of “What to Do During an Earthquake” during different circumstances, read the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) directions here.

The 7.2 Mexicali earthquake is said to be the largest quake, measured by magnitude, since the June 28, 1992 earthquake in Landers, California. The Landers 1992 earthquake, with a 7.3-magnitude, is the largest earthquake to have occurred in the United States in over 50 years, although many of us remember the 1994 Northridge earthquake as one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit California, due to its widespread damage and loss of life.

After 9:00PM last night, smaller quakes in the 3.0-4.0 range continued to shudder near the border, with epicenters in Mexicali, Calexico and Seeley, CA. Another aftershock in the 6-magnitude range is “likely” to occur in the upcoming days, Caltech scientist Lucy Jones told the Los Angeles Times.

Because a large aftershock is probable, please keep your family and your self safe, San Diego!

12 Comments

  1. cindy foster

    April 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    you must look up the “triangle of life and use it. it will sae you in a building collapse

  2. cindy foster

    April 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    The “triangle of life” is an area of your home or office. instead of getting under a desk, lie down on the floor next to it. any fallen roofs will hit the desk and create a space in the shape of a triangle, and if you are in that space you are saved. This has been proven to really work. you can even lie along a baseboard, and if the roof caves in there is that triangle again to save you. This info was emailed to me from my daughter and was very informative. Believe me it makes sence and very well could save your life in an earthquake

  3. Anonymous

    April 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    kkit6890m,

  4. Mental

    April 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Who is the boarder? Were they injured?

  5. cliff

    April 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    please go to a ‘urban legends’ or ‘myth debunking’ site next time before you decide to publish or blog advice you read in a spam email. don’t spread bad advice. see snopes.com for example. this ‘triangle of life’ stuff is just not true.

  6. briana

    April 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    the earthquake was actually quite stong becuase i was canoga parks and i was sitting down on a lawn chair and all of a sudden i felt my bottom wobbling back and forth,back and forth,back and forth. my grandpa finally said its an earthquake!!! my mom got up and started gettin startled. i loked back at the pool behind me and saw the watere going back and fortha well. i was surprised that it was very smooth,not like the previuos one at 4:00 in the morning,that was a bit more like a jolt,anyways yeah that was quite smooth and i was even more surprised when i found out that it lasted more than 30 seconds. I was thankful that none of my family in mexico didnt get hurt and my family that was present at the time did not get hurt either. scary but very cool.

  7. Hypothetical

    April 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Earthquake in Baja California shakes Mexicali boarder….

    LOL. You know a country is in serious Kim-chee when the so-called educated press can’t figure out the difference between boarder and border. No wonder this person works for an Entertainer type paper.

  8. chica

    April 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    if u were in Arizona (any part) u couldnt feel it at ALL!!

  9. Anonymous

    April 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Is the Lord trying to tell us to wise up and accept Him?

  10. David

    April 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t believe in that triangle of life stuff.

  11. God

    April 6, 2010 at 12:05 am

    The boarder from Mexicali lives in an extra room in my house. As the article describes, he was shaken.

    If you can’t spell you shouldn’t write. At least edit it now. It’s on Google News ferchristsake.

  12. anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Actually I saw a special on earthquakes and a emergency response team leader reported the getting out of the building is best.If you can not, crouching next to large objects as described in the “triangle of life” theory is the next best. He gave examples from actual rescues he had been involved in,

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