Magnitude-7.2 quake rocks U.S.-Mexico border, 2 people killed (2)

16:26, April 05, 2010      

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According to Mexico's Director of Civil Protection Alfredo Escobedo, some 100 people were injured in Mexicali, a city of 900,000 people.

Meanwhile, electricity and telephone communications were disrupted in part of Mexicali, and emergency departments were resorting to radio communication in their after-quake work.

Reporters with the local media told Xinhua that the walls and windows of some buildings in the Old City area of the city were damaged. The facade of a hardest-hit building almost collapsed.

Lorena Mendez, inhabitant of Ensenada municipality, Baja California, said the quake "was felt strongly."

"I was in the kitchen when I felt the dishes were moving. For a moment, I thought I was dizzy,but when I saw the fridge moving, I realized it was an earthquake," said Mendez.

The quake lasted some 45 seconds, she said.

Chinese Consul General in Tijuana Gao Shoujian told Xinhua that no immediate Chinese casualties were reported.

Gao said the powerful earthquake caused buildings to creak and shook water out of a nearby swimming pool at the time of its occurrence.

Mobile phone service was cut off for some 30 minutes, and access to some local websites was interrupted, he added.

According to the National Seismological Institute, the quake was likely to have inflicted heavy damage as it was not far from the population center.

The earthquake was also felt in the southwestern corner of the United States.

High-rises in major California cities like Los Angeles and San Diego rocked back and forth for dozens of seconds when the quake struck.

Elevators were reportedly stuck in some buildings in Los Angeles.

Fire department officials in Los Angeles have gone on earthquake emergency status, and are inspecting buildings and overpasses for damage.

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