A magnitude 7.2 earthquake centered about 108 miles east of Tijuana, near Mexicali in a relatively uninhabited area, was felt in San Diego and Los Angeles today; as far north as Santa Barbara and as far east as Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona. The quake struck at 3:40 p.m. PDT. About 9 minutes later, a separate quake measuring 4.1 magnitude was felt north of San Francisco in Santa Rose, California. Continuing updates as available. See update 4-3-10 below.
The Baja quake was followed by at least 5 aftershocks, the largest of which was a 5.1 magnitude. Buildings swayed in San Diego and L.A., and Disneyland shutdown the the park – but “some people are trapped in elevators after the quake.” The Disneyland report is timed 7:37 p.m. EDT.
The L.A. Fire Department is in ‘earthquake mode,’ and are checking elevators for stranded people, buildings and bridges for structural damage. Infrastructure, power lines, conventions centers, Dodger Stadium, universities – all must be checked for possible damage.
4-3-10 9:35 CDT:
One person is reported dead in the collapse of a house in Mexicali,
Mexico. Hotels in the area are empty as aftershocks continue. Mexicali’s population is about 1 million people. See a photo slideshow here.
Palm Desert, CA felt the Baja quake. A WorldNewsVine journalist said the earth shook for about 2 minutes, and was the strongest quake felt in the 10 years the reporter has lived in the area.