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Strong quake kills 2 in Mexico, rattles US states

[ 2010-04-06 12:57]     字号 [] [] []  
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In Mexico, a powerful earthquake swayed buildings from Los Angeles, California, in the US, to Tijuana in bordering Mexico. The quake killed two people in Mexico, blacked out cities and forcing the evacuation of hospitals and nursing homes. One California city closed off its downtown due to unstable buildings.

The 7.2-magnitude quake centered just south of the US border near Mexicali, Mexico, it was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit region in decades.

"It sounds like it's felt by at least 20 million people," USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said. "Most of Southern California felt this earthquake."

Sunday afternoon's earthquake hit hardest in Mexicali, a bustling commerce center along Mexico's border with California. Authorities said the quake was followed by at least 20 smaller aftershocks, including ones of magnitudes 5.1, 4.5 and 4.3.

"It has not stopped trembling in Mexicali," said Baja California state Civil Protection Director Alfredo Escobedo on Monday.

Escobedo said one man was killed when his home collapsed just outside of Mexicali and another died when he ran into the street in panic and was struck by a car. At least 100 people were injured in the city, most of them struck by falling objects. Power was out in virtually the entire city.

Across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, the quake caused buildings to sway and knocked out power in some areas. No tsunami warning was issued, but hundreds of people on Tijuana's crowded beach feared the worst and fled when they felt the ground shake.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Strong quake kills 2 in Mexico, rattles US states

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Strong quake kills 2 in Mexico, rattles US states

Renee Haines is an editor and broadcaster at China Daily. Renee has more than 15 years of experience as a newspaper editor, radio station anchor and news director, news-wire service reporter and bureau chief, magazine writer, book editor and website consultant. She came to China from the United States.