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Mexicali Earthquakes Rattle Southern California

Mexicali earthquakes rattle Southern California. A series of earthquakes shook sourthern California in the early hours of April 4, 2010. San Diego and Los Angeles were most affected by the first quake which registered as a 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale at 3:40 a.m. local time. Residents as far north as Santa Barbara, California and as far east as Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada felt the quake. Then second quake registered as a 4.1 magnitude that was felt as far north as Santa Rose, California. The second quake occurred at 3:49 a.m. A total of 5 aftershock earthquakes rattled residents and left many buildings in California's Imperial Valley damaged.

The initial quake occurred at a depth of 6 miles or 10 kilometers with an epicenter 19 miles south of Mexicali. No serious injuries or damages were reported in San Diego or Los Angeles. Electricity was interrupted, gas lines were shaken, and buildings were damaged further south near Baja, Residents in Calexico, California, near the border of Mexico were the most affected by the quake. The business section of the city was significantly damaged by the quake including historic landmarks erected during the pre-war era and many private homes suffered shattered windows and structural damage. Rosendo Garcia, 44, reported feeling as if he was "in a canoe in the middle of the ocean" when the first quake struck.

Two people in Mexico died as a result of the earthquakes. No deaths or injuries have been reported in the United States.

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