Magnitude-7.2 quake strikes Baja California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Minor damage has been reported in Mexico's
northern Baja California after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake that was
felt in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
The largest earthquake in the region in nearly 18 years struck
at 3:40 p.m. Sunday more than 100 miles southeast of San Diego.
Tijuana Fire Chief Rafael Carillo says firefighters were
rescuing people trapped in a hotel elevator. He says firefighters
so far are receiving reports of only minor damage.
Near the epicenter, receptionist Juan Carlos Fernandez says
there was minor damage at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Mexicali. The
damage includes broken pipes and windows.
More than 5,000 Southern California Edison customers were
affected, mostly with 30 seconds of flickering lights.
Associated Press writer Mariana Jimenez in Tijuana, Mexico,
contributed to this report.

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