2 Killed as Earthquake Rattles Baja, SoCal
Quake centered near Mexicali, Baja
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2010 6:13 PM CDT
Updated Apr 4, 2010 10:02 PM CDT
Effect of the powerful quake was felt in Southern California.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Two people were killed and at least 100 injured when a 7.2 earthquake struck Mexico and rocked southern California. The quake occurred before dawn and toppled buildings in the border town of Mexicali, in Baja some, 220 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It was the largest temblor on the peninsula California in 18 years, CNN reports.

The area has seen numerous small quakes over the past year, and aftershocks as strong as 5.5 followed today's event, which was felt as far away as Arizona. Its southeast-to-northwest path meant southern California was on the receiving end of especially strong vibrations, said a Caltech seismologist.