Sorry for not posting yesterday. I worked a double shift yesterday so that some of the people with small children could have the day off and spend the time with their families on Easter.
While at work we had a bit of excitement when the earthquake hit. I work in Commerce Ca. which is about 120 miles from Mexicali. It was a long rolling earthquake, and it gave us a good shake.
There was no damage but the pair pigeons that live in the shop disappeared and did not return as of 10 o’clock last night.
Two people died and around 100 were injured when a strong 7.2 magnitude quake rocked the Mexico-California border area on Sunday afternoon, Baja California Gov. Jose Osuna told the Televisa television network. One person was crushed in a collapsed house, the other hit by a falling wall.
The tremor, felt as far north as Los Angeles, cracked main roads, toppled electricity posts and knocked down an empty multistorey car park under construction in Mexicali, a prosperous city and busy border crossing.
Hundreds of people camped out overnight as smaller tremors shook buildings with cracked floors, walls and broken windows.
“I wasn’t going to put my family at risk. Lots of homes have cracks,” said Fermin Garcia, a teacher who slept with her family in a tent pitched between two shopping centers.
Broken gas pipes sparked a number of fires on Sunday, and darkened streets in Mexicali triggered car accidents, but no major buildings appeared to have collapsed.
Power was slowly being reestablished on Monday, but many state-run hospitals lacked power and patients were laid out on beds in parking lots due to worries over cracked walls.
A highway connecting Mexicali with the nearby border city of Tijuana on the Pacific coast was ruptured by a crack at least a meter (3 feet) deep, according to a Reuters witness.
A liquefied natural gas import terminal operated by Sempra Energy south of Tijuana was not damaged however, a company spokeswoman said.