7.2 earthquake rocks southern California
April 4, 2010
An earthquake with a 7.2 magnitude, felt by an estimated 20 million people in Mexico, southern California, and across the Southwest, struck Sunday afternoon. [Los Angeles Times]
The Easter Sunday quake, centered in Mexicali, was the strongest to strike the region in nearly two decades. Scientists at Caltech are already warning of possible aftershocks this week, calling the chance of 6.0, or higher, as “fairly likely.”
Officials in both San Diego and Los Angeles Counties report no loss of life so far. Damage also appears minimal in the affected areas.
Details out of Mexico are not as clear about the temblor that struck at 3.40 p.m. about 108 miles east of Tijuana.
Update: Two deaths have been reported as of Monday morning.