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    Earthquake rocks western Mexico

    Earthquake rocks western Mexico




    A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the Mexican peninsula of Baja California, killing at least one person and causing tremors as far away as Nevada.

    The quake struck at 1540 (2240 GMT), 26km (16 miles) south-west of Guadalupe Victoria in Baja California, at a depth of 32km, said the US Geological Survey.

    Mexican media report that a number of people are still trapped in their homes in the town of Mexicali.

    It was the worst quake to hit the region for many years, officials said.

    The US Geological Survey said some 20 million people felt tremors from the largest quake to hit the area since 1992.

    Bridge checks

    Mexican civil protection officials said a man had died when his home collapsed outside Mexicali, near the earthquake's epicentre.
    There was some structural damage in the town of Mexicali

    Rescue teams with digging equipment and sniffer dogs have been despatched to the worst-affected areas of Mexicali from the nearby city of Tijuana.

    The quake caused buildings to sway in Tijuana, where Easter celebrations were interrupted as families rushed for open ground.

    Some parts of Baja California had seen power cuts, officials said.

    The BBC's Peter Bowes in Los Angeles says the shaking lasted for about a minute and US firefighters were called out to inspect roads, bridges and power-lines.

    The LA Fire Department had also responded to a number of automatic alarms and people being stuck in lifts, reports said.

    Rides were temporarily suspended at the Disneyland theme park in California.

    Many readers who contacted the BBC spoke of the "surreal" swaying of buildings for up to a minute, although Steve Rider from Palm Springs in California said it was "the most powerful earthquake I have ever felt".

    Kyle Stockburger, in Los Angeles, said: "Everyone stopped talking in the restaurant and the overhead lights started swaying back and forth. It wasn't violent, just unreal. It felt like the whole earth was swaying."





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    Kyle Stockburger Why do all yanks have such stupid names

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    Had alot of quakes just recently.

    Maybe getting ready for 2012?

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    The US west coast seems to be pretty active lately. It might be time for the big one or maybe a volcano like in Indonesia.

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    We are still getting aftershocks and will do for the next 12 months... something is going on, but not a peep from the boffins.?? IF the ring of fire is waking up they aren't saying.

    I think we are in for some major plate movement...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phunphin View Post
    I think we are in for some major plate movement...



    Just consider this may not be an earhtquake at all, but a desperate attempt by INS to separate California from Mexico.

    I think New Zealanders are the most disturbed as the South island recently moved 12 inches closer to Australia.

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    It could be a run for the border but by who?

    Today is a bit quieter in the states.

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    If you're going,,,,, to san fran cisco .
    Be sure to wear, some flowers in your hair.

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