TIJUANA, Mexico — A powerful earthquake swayed buildings from Los Angeles to Tijuana, killing two people in Mexico, blacking out cities and forcing the evacuation of hospitals and nursing homes. One California city closed off its downtown due to unstable buildings. The 7.2-magnitude quake centered just south of the U.S. border near Mexicali was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit region in decades.
A strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake that has killed at least two people sent jolts hundreds of kilometers from the quake’s center in the western Mexico-U.S. border region.
Reports said most of the damage from Sunday’s earthquake happened in Mexicali, the capital of Mexico’s Baja California state, and in the town of Calexico in the U.S. state of California.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the center of the earthquake was in Baja California at a depth of about 10 kilometers, roughly 170 kilometers from Tijuana, Mexico. People in Los Angeles, California and as far east as Phoenix, Arizona felt the earthquake.