Aftershocks Rattle Mexico-California Region Hit by Quake
April 5, 2010 by Post Team
Aftershocks Rattle Mexico-California Region Hit by Quake:Strong aftershocks shook the cities along the border between Mexico and the United States early Monday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed at least two people in northern Mexico, damaged homes and knocked out power to thousands of people.
The governor of Baja California, Mexico, where the earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck late Sunday, said he had requested federal disaster assistance due to damage to urban infrastructure. The governor, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan, said in an interview with Mexican television network Televisa that 233 people had been wounded, and some of them were treated in tents outside the hospital.
Mexicali, a large industrial city near the epicenter, were reported to have suffered widespread blackouts, along with fires, gas leaks and damage toll. Photos published on Twitter and some news sites showed collapsed buildings with facades and food in supermarkets sent crashing to the ground. Mr. Escobedo said a parking structure several stories had collapsed in the Hall of the City of Mexicali, but no one was hurt.
Alfredo Escobedo, director of Baja California state civil protection, told The Associated Press that a man died in a house collapse outside Mexicali. The other man was killed when he went into panic as the ground shook, hit the street and was struck by a car, Mr. Escobedo said.
Across the border in Mexicali, Calexico, California, police cordoned off the downtown area, is flanked by buildings built in the 1930s and 40s. Broken glass and plaster covered some items sidewalks and shops had been scattered on the floor.
A police officer said the city had declared a state of emergency. Some traffic lights were out, and at least one hotel television sets were thrown to the floor and lamps but the electricity was turned on and the damage did not appear widespread and there were no reports of casualties.
Three strong aftershocks with magnitudes of about 5.0 struck down on Monday, and dozens of minor tremors ran through the region, according to the United States Geological Survey. There were no reports of additional damage.
Carlton Hargrave, 64, was standing at the entrance of the buffet-style family when the earthquake struck on Sunday. Its restaurant, said in a telephone interview, was “almost completely destroyed.”
“We have tables overturned, broken plates on the floor, the ceiling collapsed,” said Hargrave with a trembling voice over the sound of his feet crunch of rubble and glass. “It was great. I mean, was greater.”
In the United States, the quake was particularly acute in San Diego, where they activate the alarm and sent to the fire department of San Diego in response to several calls, the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“We have some reports of scattered property damage,” Sgt. Ramona Hastings Police Department San Diego, said in a telephone interview.
In a Sheraton hotel in downtown San Diego, the ground cracked and opened the front doors prevented from shutting. The authorities ordered all guests and staff of the building, waiting for an inspection of the structural engineers. Firefighters said a main breakwater in front of a hospital and a water line break in a department store.
“There’s stuff all over the place,” said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the fire department of San Diego. “There is nothing huge.”
Even for California residents who are veterans of earlier and later punish the earthquake, the tremor was impressive.
“The house was shaking,” Timothy Nash said in a Twitter message from San Diego. “Pic fell off shelves. It lasted about 30 seconds. The worst thing you’ve been here since the Northridge Northridge Earthquake of January 17, 1994 – an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude which had its epicenter in the neighborhood of Los Angeles Reseda – lasted about 20 seconds, but proved to be one of the most devastating natural disasters that hit the United States. There were 72 deaths attributed to the earthquake, and caused an estimated $ 20 billion in damage.
Initial reports said the earthquake on Sunday, while larger in magnitude, far from causing damage.
While this earthquake exceeded the numerical magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, the damage was not much higher because the epicenter was near the densely populated capital, Port-au-Prince.
The earthquake was the largest in Baja a series that have taken place in the region that portends, starting with a 4.2 earthquake on March 31. It was followed by strong aftershocks.
In Los Angeles, houses slid from side to side for more than a minute, a foul and seemingly endless wave that was felt from the beach to the hills of Hollywood. Power failures caused by the tremor occurred in Yuma, Arizona
Emilio Magana, 39, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Patrick in Calipatria, California, had just finished a morning of Easter services in different rural areas of Imperial County and slept at his church in downtown lettuce and carrot, when the quake struck areas.
“I woke up to my bed shaking and heard some pictures on the walls down,” he said. “My nerves were a little nervous because it was an earthquake long. It lasted about 2 minutes. It was a very long, then short tremors. I’ve never felt anything like it.”
Reports contributed by Randal C. Archibold of Calexico, Calif., and Rebecca Cathcart from Los Angeles, Brian Stelter from New York, Rob Davis of San Diego, and Elisabeth Malkin from Mexico City.
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