A series of powerful aftershocks followed Easter Sunday’s 7.2 MexiCali earthquake that killed at least one person and caused widespread property damage, shaking homes and swaying buildings in Los Angeles and San Diego. The quake was felt by millions of people including as far northeast as Joshua Tree, California. An unrelated 4.0 quake struck northern California.
The San Andreas faultline triggered quake occurred at 3:40 pm main quake with the epicenter hitring the Mexican city, Mexicali, 108 miles east southeast of Tijuana.
It was a shallow quake, only an estimated 18 – 19 miles deep.
Mexicali is the home of approximately one million people. It is the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California and seat of the Municipality of Mexicali.
New York Times reports one death in the quake and Sindh Today reports widespread property damage.
The death occurred when a house in Mexicali crumbled. Alfredo Escobedo, director of emergency services in Baja California state, Mexico, told Reuters that people were “trapped in elevators, retaining walls had collapsed in some places and electricity was out in several parts of the state” reports NY Times.
Most phone lines are cut in the Mexican areas hit according to Reuters.
Easter also brought a 5.7 magnitude quake in Oaxaca, Mexico and an unrelated 4.0 quake in northern California.
The quake was preceded by a magnitude 3.3 quake that occurred at 3:34 p.m., the epicenter in the same area but at a considerably shallower depth of less than one mile.
At least eight aftershocks followed the quake as reported by the Sign On San Diego News:
• At 3:44 p.m., a magnitude-2.3 quake occurred 100 miles east of Tijuana. The estimated depth was 19 miles.
• At 4:09 p.m., a magnitude-4.5 quake occurred 62 miles east of Tijuana. Estimated depth: Slightly more than one mile.
• At 4:15 p.m., a magnitude-5.1 quake hit 86 miles east-southeast of Tijuana. Estimated depth: 10.5 miles.
• At 4:19 p.m., a magnitude-3.8 quake struck 43 miles east-northeast of Tijuana. Estimated depth; Less than one mile.
• At 4:22 p.m., a magnitude-3.6 quake rumbled 45 miles northeast of San Diego and just 10 miles southwest of Borrego Springs. Estimated depth: 4.3 miles.
• At 4:34 p.m., a magnitude-4.7 quake hit 85 miles east of Tijuana. Estimated depth: Less than one mile.
• At 4:46 p.m., a magnitude-3.5 quake struck 72 miles east of Tijuana, 16 miles west-southwest of El Centro in Imperial County. Estimated depth: 2.2 miles.
• At 4:48 p.m., a magnitude-3.4 quake occurred 98 miles east of Tijuana, 9 miles east-southeast of Brawley in Imperial County. Estimated depth: 13.4 miles.
MexiCali is a border crossing with the United States.
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