Monday, April 5, 2010

Is the floor shaking, or is it just me?

Okay, it WAS the floor. The 7.2 earthquake that hit near Méxicali yesterday made parked vehicles, furniture, and the YWAM classroom (which is where Wendy & I were at the time) do a version of the funky chicken. By the time we realized, "DANG! This is an earthquake!", it was over.

These images were on the website of Méxicali's La Crónica de Hoy (Daily Chronicle). The article lists the first shock at 7.2, with about 20 aftershocks in the next two hours, the strongest of which was 5.4 on the Richter scale. Most of the damage was to roads, some buildings, and most of Méxicali is without power (including hospitals).

Our base director from YWAM Tijuana and several other staff left early this morning for Méxicali, to find out if we can assist in anyway, and to get an accurate assessment of the need. Most of the (English) news around San Diego is focused more on how buildings were swaying in Los Angeles and San Diego than on Méxicali itself, so we're kicking it old skewl and just sending some staff to find out first-hand. :)

For those who have emailed and/or FB'ed us, we are all fine. It was a very strange sensation -- kind of like being on a ship in high seas, trying to get your "sea legs" -- but we felt only the edges of the quake itself. And after a quick visit to Méxicali by several of our YWAM staff, it seems that the majority of the damage done was to roads.

Whew!

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