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Old 04-05-2010   #1
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Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

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Two killed, 100 injured in Mexican earthquake

(CNN) -- A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck northwest Mexico's Baja California state Sunday, rattling Arizona and southern California, and leaving at least two dead and more than 100 injured in Mexico, authorities said.

At least one person was killed in a building collapse in Mexicali, Mexico, according to the assistant director of civil protection in Tijuana.

The other victim died when he ran from his residence into the street and was hit by a car, said Alfredo Escobedo, Baja state's director of civil protection.

More than 140 people were treated at local hospitals, including five who were in critical condition, said Rigaberto Lasoya, medical coordinator for the state of Baja. Some were being treated outside because there's no electricity and water at the main hospital, Lasoya said.

All injuries are concentrated in Mexicali, officials said.

In California and Arizona, there were no immediate reports of injuries and only limited reports of damages.

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Residents across Southern California and Arizona reported serious ground shakes.

"We have not felt a shake like that since about 1979," Michelle Tapia told CNN from Brawley, California, approximately 23 miles north of the Mexican border.

Joe Madison was shopping at a Wal-Mart in Palm Springs, California, when he felt the earthquake.

"I felt the entire store move, and people went running for the exits," he said.

Madison said people gathered outside in the parking lot until the shaking stopped.

"We felt it for about 30 seconds. It was rolling," San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Scott Ybarrondo told CNN. "Nothing fell off the walls here, but we have reports of pictures falling off walls elsewhere in the county."

The quake was the largest in the Baja California area since 1992, the USGS reported.

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They said in a (German) newscast that the earthquake was able to be felt till L.A. ..Foxy?

Mh, it's the third big(ger) earthquake this year..
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Re: Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

Barb's mom lives in Baja just over the US/Mex line. We first heard about the quake when Barb's brother called. Poor Barb was pretty worried for a while because all the cellphone circuits were so clogged she couldn't get through to Mom for several hours but she's fine.

And yes, Christian. The quake was felt in LA, San Diego, places in Arizona and even as far away as Nevada. So far only two fatalities reported: A man killed when his home collapsed on him and another as a result of a panicked run outside... right into the path of a moving car.
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Re: Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

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Barb's mom lives in Baja just over the US/Mex line. We first heard about the quake when Barb's brother called. Poor Barb was pretty worried for a while because all the cellphone circuits were so clogged she couldn't get through to Mom for several hours but she's fine.

And yes, Christian. The quake was felt in LA, San Diego, places in Arizona and even as far away as Nevada. So far only two fatalities reported: A man killed when his home collapsed on him and another as a result of a panicked run outside... right into the path of a moving car.
Good everyone seems to be okay.

Those two fatalies are the mexican ones, or two others?
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Re: Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

I felt it during a hike; it was my first big* quake.

* Big means that I actually could feel it, rather than being told later that it happened.
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Re: Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

Wow, how was it like? I mean, how did it felt like? I barely can image how it would be, if the earth would start to shake under me, out of a sudden..


Cool you found some time to hike again, how'd it go? :D
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What's going on, I wonder, to cause all these major earthquakes.
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Re: Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

Well, it happens that an earlier quake causes the next one, so they seem (actually do) wander along their gap (*couldn't find a better word here).

So it happened (actually is still happening) in Turkey, where the epicenter of the latter earthquakes moved all along a line, like beads on a thread, slowly approaching Istanbul where the next one is expected at.

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Will try to find a map of it.. couldn't locate any source for it yet, but there was a reportage about such earthquake development on TV, once.

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Well, found two maps over [here]:
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Re: Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

I live about an hour southeast of LA, I felt the quake. Lasted a good 20 seconds or so.
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Re: Earthquake struck northwest Mexico

I did not feel a thing. I'm 30 minutes outside of LA, right on the edge of California.
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