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megimoo
04-05-2010, 06:49 PM
Major damage in Mexicali; minor damage to some East County facilities
5% chance of even bigger quake in next few days - Cal Tech

San Diego’s East County – The U.S. Geological Service has upgraded the quake that struck108 miles Southeast of Tijuana today to 7.2--stronger than the quake that leveled Haiti. (Snip) Major damage is reported in the U.S.-Mexican border city of Mexicali, which has approximately one million people, Reuters reports. A parking garage and a restaurant in Mexicali have collapsed, broken gas lines have sparked fires, and at least one person has died when a home was destroyed. The city is reportedly without power and a hospital

The U.S. Geological Service has upgraded the quake that struck108 miles southeast of Tijuana today to 7.2--stronger than the quake that leveled Haiti. In San Diego’s East County, the Campo Cal-Fire station and Otay Rural Fire Protection District facility sustained minor damage to a water system and communications, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler told ECM this evening.


Major damage is reported in the U.S.-Mexican border city of Mexicali, which has approximately one million people, Reuters reports. A parking garage and a restaurant in Mexicali have collapsed, broken gas lines have sparked fires, and at least one person has died when a home was destroyed. The city is reportedly without power and a hospital has been evacuated.


Mexican news media reports that the toll road from Mexicali to Tijuana has also collapsed and the non-toll road is also closed, East County Magazine has learned from a Red Cross worker. She attributed better building codes to the fact that damage, while substantial, is not as devastating as in Haiti.


The quake was felt throughout Southern California. Electricity has been out in several areas, including Borrego Springs in East County. The San Onofre nuclear power plant, built to withstand a 7.0 quake five miles or more away, was closed temporarily to inspect for damages. Around southern California, highway inspectors have been out checking for damage on roadways and bridges.


California Highway Patrol has found boulders and cracks on Interstate 8 in Imperial County, as well as some unsafe bridges, according to the Union-Tribune.


“The Baja quake shook us up more strongly than any I can remember since about 1986,” said Julian resident Janet Gastil, a former Congressional candidate. An aftershock centered near Julian was also felt by Gastil. “Our house was really shaking.”


San Carlos resident John Pilch felt both the initial quake and a 5.1 aftershock centered near the Imperial-San Diego County line. “Shower doors were hitting each other, the chandelier was swinging and the weights in our grandmother’s clock are still moving from side to side,” he wrote in an e-mail shortly after the second temblor struck.


http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/3064

Novaheart
04-05-2010, 07:58 PM
It's not my fault.

Rockntractor
04-05-2010, 08:01 PM
A McQuake, they super sized it!

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-05-2010, 09:51 PM
Quake is a classic game.

Kay
04-05-2010, 10:27 PM
Might be time to invest in Arizona real estate:

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FlaGator
04-05-2010, 10:30 PM
The problem is that California is still there...

Kay
04-05-2010, 10:55 PM
Wouldn't it be cool-er-est though to witness a major change in maps right before our eyes. I was looking at the maps of the quake from yesterday, and that little strip of baja california that hangs down could have easily been cut in two and changed the maps to show just a small island there now. That would be neat to tell my grandkids that I remember back when baja island was attached. :cool:

Rockntractor
04-05-2010, 11:15 PM
Wouldn't it be cool-er-est though to witness a major change in maps right before our eyes. I was looking at the maps of the quake from yesterday, and that little strip of baja california that hangs down could have easily been cut in two and changed the maps to show just a small island there now. That would be neat to tell my grandkids that I remember back when baja island was attached. :cool:

I would rather tell them about how California proper was still attached before it slid 1000 miles out!:D

PoliCon
04-05-2010, 11:27 PM
So are the people of San Diego rioting and looting?

CaughtintheMiddle1990
04-05-2010, 11:55 PM
I would rather tell them about how California proper was still attached before it slid 1000 miles out!:D

Why the hate for California? It's beautiful there, the people are generally nice, etc.

Rockntractor
04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
Why the hate for California? It's beautiful there, the people are generally nice, etc.

It would make a fantastic island!