Western Mexico hit by 7.2 earthquake

By | April 5, 2010

MapA 7.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the Mexican peninsula of Baja California, US officials say, and has been felt in Los Angeles and even in 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.

There have been reports of broken windows and some structural damage but no word of casualties or major damage.

In San Diego, tall buildings were seen swaying.

Mexico’s National Seismological Institute reported no casualties in the north-western state.

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

The US Geological Survey said this was the largest quake to hit the region since 1992.

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. …

via BBC News – Western Mexico hit by 7.2 earthquake.

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