7.2 magnitude earthquake felt by 20 million people across Southern California and Mexico

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 5, 2010 5:44 am

Were you near the Mountain High, Bear Mountain or any of the other southern California ski areas yesterday? Then chances are you felt the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck on Easter Sunday yesterday. The quake hit around 3:40 pm Pacific Time and was felt by a reported 20 million people in Mexico and the U.S. There have already been over 100 aftershocks.

The tremor was located on the Laguna Salada fault line, and hit six miles below the earth’s surface, about 110 miles east-southeast of Tijuana. That puts the quake’s epicenter in Baja California, Mexico. This is the first time since 1892 a quake of that size hit on the Salada fault line. Dr. Lucy Jones of Caltech added that “this is the largest earthquake since the [7.3 magnitude] Landers earthquake of 1992. A 7.2 is going to happen over a pretty long fault, probably close to 50 miles long.”

Sadly, two deaths were reported in Mexico. One man’s house collapsed on top of him, and another was hit by a car when he panicked and ran into the street. There are more reports of people trapped under fallen debris, and rescue teams have been arriving on scene. While millions of people here at home felt the affects of the quake, there have been no deaths of injuries reported.