Two dead in Mexico earthquake

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Items fallen from the shelves litter the aisles inside a grocery store in downtown Calexico, Calif. after an earthquake struck the area Sunday, April 4, 2010. The 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:40 p.m. about 19 miles southeast of Mexicali, a bustling commerce center on the Mexican side of the border where trucks carrying goods cross into California. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Items fallen from the shelves litter the aisles inside a grocery store in downtown Calexico, Calif. after an earthquake struck the area Sunday, April 4, 2010. The 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:40 p.m. about 19 miles southeast of Mexicali, a bustling commerce center on the Mexican side of the border where trucks carrying goods cross into California. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Calexico, Calif. (AP) - Downtown is closed in the U.S. border city of Calexico after a powerful earthquake in Mexico that killed two people there.

Calexico police say the 7.2-magnitude quake Sunday damaged buildings built in the 1930s and '40s and not retrofitted for a strong quake.

A civil protection official in Mexico says one man died when his home collapsed just outside of Mexicali, close to the epicenter of the quake. He says a second man was killed when he panicked as the ground shook, ran into the street and was struck by a car.

There are reports of more people trapped in homes in Mexicali and rescue teams with dogs and digging equipment are rushing to the city from nearby Tijuana.

The quake was felt from Tijuana and Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Phoenix.
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