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Earthquake hits Mexico and southern California

CALEXICO, California (ABC)-- About 20-million people are recovering from a big Easter Sunday scare: a 7.2 earthquake blamed for at least two deaths.  It was centered in northern Mexico, but close enough to rattle southern California and Arizona. There have already been dozens of aftershocks, most of them in southern California.

People in San Diego, reliving the moment the earth shook, strong enough to break glass windows, push water out of backyard pools, and send chandeliers swaying.

Chief Peter Mercado of the Calexico, California Fire Department says, "We have a few buildings that have sustained some structural damage, windows broken. We have gas lines that have been ruptured and are leaking.

In Mexico, the quake collapsed buildings and shattered windows.  Power and telephone service is out.  A man in Mexicali was crushed when his home fell on him.  At least 100 more were injured, most by falling debris.

Lucy Jones, U.S. Geological Survey Seismologist, says "Both in California and in Mexico, we have of plenty of buildings that we know are susceptible of falling down in this kind of shaking. This is a pretty big earthquake. We would expect to be having damage."

It's the largest quake to hit the region in nearly 20 years.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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