Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mexico earthquake shakes Southern California; no major damage reported in Los Angeles [Updated]

An earthquake estimated to be magnitude 6.9 struck in the Guadalupe Victoria area of Baja California this afternoon, shaking skyscrapers in San Diego and Los Angeles.
[Updated, 4:40 p.m.: Caltech seismologists said the latest preliminary estimates place the magnitude at 7.2. That number could change as more data come in.]
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it was going into "earthquake" mode, checking buildings and bridges for possible structural damage and checking reports of people stuck in elevators. Rides were temporarily closed at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim.
There were no reports of major infrastructure damage in Los Angeles, but reports were still coming in from San Diego and Mexico. San Diego fire officials were responding to at least one report of a damaged building...
"LAFD has all resources on radio watch and checking their district to ensure safety for all citizens. Firefighters from your 106 neighborhood fire stations are providing a complete survey of 470 square miles in the greater Los Angeles area and are examining transportation infrastructures, large places of assemblage (Dodger Stadium, universities) apartment buildings, power lines, etc, from the ground and the air to ensure safety," the department said in a statement....

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