After the Mexico earthquake in Baja California, particularly in Mexicali, The Los Angeles Times has said that no vehicle traffic is being allowed over the border into the US from Mexico at the Mexicali crossing.
The reason is that concerns have arisen about damage to the federal government building located in Calexico, California, just over the border from Mexicali. Mexicali is where a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck on Sunday. Two people were killed and over 230 were injured in the quake, which also caused damage to buildings and roads.
Mexicali is home to a million people and is the capital of Baja California. Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna was in the capital when the earthquake struck. He has called on President Felipe Calderon to declare the state a disaster area. Calderon will visit the city to check out the damage that has been done.
An aftershock hit the area on Monday and Mexicali residents have been seen nervously crossing the border on foot. This foot traffic has been allowed into the States.
Vehicle traffic heading south into Mexicali has also been permitted, as Americans travel south to check on family in the city after the Baja California earthquake. No phone or electrical services are available, so family can't check on loved ones that way.
Last night around 300 patients had to leave the Mexicali General Hospital as power and electricity went out and the downtown area was closed because of damage to the buildings there after the Mexico earthquake yesterday.
“Downtown is going to remain closed until further notice,” said Calexico police Lt. Gonzalo Gerardo. “I honestly doubt that it will reopen soon. You've got a lot of cracks. You've got a lot of broken glass. It's unsafe for people to go there.”
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San Francisco resident, Francis Witham says "All these earthquakes, what is happening in the world? I hope the earthquake victims of Mexicali get all the help they need. For those of us in San Francisco, it just makes us wonder if we are next."
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