UPDATE! June 15, 2010
5.7 Scale Aftershock Wakes Up SouthEastern California Overnight
Cell phone service was knocked out overnight, boulders rolled onto Interstate 8 and Southern Californians this morning are talking about the "quake". Numerous aftershocks measuring less than 5 on the scale are continuing to shake the desert region, north and east of the original Easter temblor.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 9:26 PM PST, centered near Coyote Wells, California. It was originally reported as a 5.9 magnitude, but was later downgraded by the U.S.G.S.
The exact location of the shaker was at Coyote Wells:
- 43 km (27 miles) W (277°) from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
- 104 km (65 miles) E (79°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Cal Tech says the earthquake was actually an aftershock itself, from the massive 7.2 earthquake that hit the same area on Easter Sunday.
"Aftershocks become less frequent with time," said Cal Tech Seismologist Kate Hutton. "But they don't shrink. They don't get smaller necessarily."
Hutton says it's likely we'll continue to feel aftershocks for some time.
Power outages were reported in some areas in the Valley following Monday's quake, though it wasn't immediately clear how many homes were affected.
Within minutes of the strong quake hitting, Baja Racing News.com fans let us know that they felt it on MySpace:
"LOL me and my dad sprang up. I bolted between two walls and my dad rang outside," said Anna Altheide. "It was quite hilarious."
"It was a little hard to miss," Andie Palm Springs said.
"Yikes I guess so ...looooooong roller ..." said Betty Zaslawsky.
People also took to Baja Racing News.com Twitter to let us know about the quake:
"Glasses rattling in the cupboards, blinds swaying, my car alarm chirped," said @wnoble.
"Definitely felt it in LQ! It rolled for a pretty decent amount of time, too," @KaylaHamel said.
More than 9,000 people from California, Arizona and Mexico had reported feeling the quake to the U.S.G.S. by 10:40 p.m., using the 'did you feel it' feature.""
UPDATED! April 21, 2010
Just in the Mexicali Valley there are more than 25,000 victims of the earthquakes, most of them in several shelters in the area, the most needed are:
Ejido Oaxaca (Mexicali-San Felipe Highway) @ Soccer Field
Ejido La Puerta (Mexicali-San Felipe Highway) @ Baseball Field
For cash deposits, the accounts are as follows:
Baja California State Government, Earthquake Donations.
Account # 0430/7403094,
Branch 0430, Civic Center, Mexicali.
From the United States:
Wells Fargo Bank.
The San Felipe Rotary Foundation.
Account # 6123425255
The Easter Baja Earthquake has done so much damage in Baja California Mexico, in and around Mexicali, the capital of the state, that thousands are now in shelters. The broken roads and widespread damage throughout the Mexicali valley will impact the citizens of Mexicali for months.
In the adjacent American city, Calexico, 90% of the historic district has been red flagged. Deemed, not habitable. Structural damage has made the buildings dangerous to reside in. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Imperial County.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was the largest event to strike this area since 1892. The 1892 Laguna Salada Quake destroyed the Carrizo Stage Station and was felt throughout the west. Even the boom-town of Los Angeles had some damage during the 1892 shaker! The Laguna Salada fault is a probable southern continuation of the Elsinore Fault Zone in from Southern California USA, and is related to the San Andreas fault zone complex. All within the massive southern San Andreas Rift Zone.
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