One-year anniversary of Mexicali quake

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – It was one year ago Monday that a 7.2 earthquake hit near Mexicali, Mexico, becoming the largest shaker to be felt in San Diego.

The temblor at 3:40 p.m. on an Easter Sunday 37 miles south-southeast of the Mexican city, keeping injuries and damage to a minimum.

Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field and the Sheraton Harbor Island towers were briefly evacuated after the shaking ended, but an inspection found no major problems, other than jammed doors on the hotel's upper floors, according to the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.

Damage was also reported at the Nordstrom's at Fashion Valley, which had a water leak, another waterline break at the Veteran's Building on San Diego Avenue, a cracked wall at an old apartment building at 4133 Kansas St., and a cracked wall at the county Animal Shelter on Gaines Street, the SDFRD reported.

There were also broken windows at the San Diego Sports Arena.

Emergency officials said one person was hurt in Julian when struck in the head by something that fell off a shelf at a store, and a 15-year-old boy fell while running down the stairs of his home in Chula Vista. Paramedics also treated a few people who were hyperventilating in downtown hotels.

The largest previous quakes to impact San Diego were a 7.1 in Imperial Valley in 1940 and a 6.5 centered in Borrego Springs in 1968.

The earthquake spawned thousands of aftershocks centered in and around San Diego County, some of which could be felt for a couple of months after the main quake. There was a swarm of smaller earthquakes in the area of the epicenter the day before the big shaker, which tied for the 12th largest of 2010 in the world — the largest in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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