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Aftershocks rock Mexico, California


April 6, 2010 — Hundreds of aftershocks have rumbled across Mexico and California since Sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

It was a quake that was felt in California, Arizona and Nevada, and Mexico. And now, hundreds of aftershocks are rumbling on both sides of the border.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked the region, killing two people and injuring more than 100 others. The quake struck Sunday afternoon east-southeast of Tijuana, Mexico.

At least 630 mild aftershocks have been felt since then. Dr. Lucy Jones is with the U.S. Geological Survey. She says there could be more to come.

'There will be plenty of aftershocks over the next few days. There's the potential that those aftershocks will spread over a pretty large area. Probably they're all going to stay smaller ... but the chance of a magnitude 5-6 aftershock is really pretty good.'

Sunday's quake did the most damage in Mexico's Baja state, including Mexicali. Buildings collapsed, telephone poles were knocked down and roadways cracked. Supermarket aisles were filled with food that had fallen off shelves.

'It was terrible, terrible, terrible,' said one local in Tijuana.

'I was at my house and I felt it strongly,' said another. 'Everything shook. It was a serious wake-up call.'

In San Diego, California, minor damage was reported. At the San Diego Sports Arena large panes of glass were knocked out and left shattered on the pavement.

Tremors could also be felt in Anaheim -- home to Disneyland.

'It just felt as though the earth was shaking,' said one tourist from Australia. 'It took us a little while to realize what was happening, not being used to it. We don't get earthquakes where we're from in Australia. We saw all the hotel staff go and stand under the archways in the hotel. When that happened, we figured we better do the same.'

On Monday, most of the power was restored, but some state-run hospitals still lacked electricty. Patients were rolled out in the parking lots due to worries over cracked walls.

For updates on this story, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Our newscast comes up at :12 and :42 minutes past each hour.

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