Updated quake news already. Just happened to be up to catch this and it seems even though there isn’t much damage it may be a record for recent quakes.
TIJUANA, Mexico – One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Southern California in decades shook tens of millions of people in two countries and three states on Sunday, swaying buildings from Los Angeles to Phoenix to Tijuana. At least one person in Mexico was killed and others were feared trapped in their homes.
The 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:40 p.m. PDT, about 38 miles (60 kms) southeast of the border city of Mexicali, Mexico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Three aftershocks of magnitudes 5.1, 4.5 and 4.3 followed within the hour.
“It sounds like it’s felt by at least 20 million people at this point,” USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said. “Most of Southern California felt this earthquake.”
The earthquake was felt the hardest in Mexicali, a bustling commerce center along the border.
Baja California state Civil Protection Director Alfredo Escobedo said a man was killed when his home collapsed just outside of Mexicali, and that there were reports of more people trapped in homes in the area.
Rescue teams with dogs and digging equipment were rushing to the city from nearby Tijuana, but a landslide along that highway was slowing traffic.