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Quake kills two in Mexico, damages downtown Calexico across the U.S. border

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 hit Sunday at about 3:40 p.m.

Damage reports from the border region are growing.

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


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