By Nadin Abbott
December 25, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) A 4.2 Richter scale quake shook down Baja Mexico at 4:17 p.m. today, 17 miles from Campo. The temblor is widely reported to have been felt by East County residents in Lakeside, Campo, Alpine and Crest.
“We were shaking and rockin' and rollin' on Carveacre!” Linda Ascione Niman posted on the Brush Fire Partyline site on Facebook.
December 19, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck north-central Baja, Mexico this evening about 70 kilometers northeast of Camalu. Residents in Jacumba, Lakeside and El Cajon reported feeling the tremor, posting on the Brush Fire Partyline on Facebook.
December 14, 2012 (San Diego)—Residents across San Diego County were awakened at 2:36 a.m. by a 6.3 earthquake centered 172 miles to the southwest, off the coast of Mexico.
The quake struck at a depth of seven miles. Aftershocks have occurred, the strongest measuring 4.7. No tsunami warnings have been issued.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the temblor occurred due to “shallow normal faulting within the oceanic lithosphere of the Pacific plate.”
July 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Two quakes measuring 4.6 and 4.7 on the Richter scale struck Baja, California during the night.
The first jolt earthquake struck at 8:25 p.m.; the second at 11:36 p.m.
The jolts were felt throughout San Diego, according to the U.S. Geological Service which received reports from residents in Lakeside, Ramona, Solana Beach and Chula Vista. The quake also rattled Imperial County.
By Nadin Abbott
March 22, 2012 (San Diego) Updated 11 p.m.--On March 20, Mexico City was rattled by the strongest earthquake since 1985. The 1985 quake had an intensity of 8.1 on the Richter scale and lasted 90 to 120 seconds. It rattled a country that had no civil defense system to speak off, one where a halting government response left a lot to be desired.
In contrast, on Tuesday the city was shaken by a 7.8 quake. Major buildings were evacuated in good order. Damage and injuries in the urban area were kept to a minimum, while in rural areas, prompt action by authorities helped to save lives.
July 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Since the Easter Sunday earthquake in Mexico, strong tremors and aftershocks have moved northwards and westwards. The 5.4 magnitude quake near Borrego on July 7 had its epicenter in San Diego’s East County, leaving residents wondering whether the temblor is a late aftershock from the Mexico earthquake—or a precursor of a larger quake yet to come. The quakes also raise questions over whether it's time to invest in earthquake insurance--or at least seismic retrofitting for your home or business.
Staff members of Anderson & Kriger, a La Mesa-based law firm, volunteered their time on Saturday, April 24 by delivering two car loads of supplies and about $1,750 in contributions to El Centro and Calexico to help survivors of the Easter Sunday earthquake.
“We found out that going across the border with supplies is a bit of a challenge, but there are plenty of opportunities to provide help on this side of the border," senior partner Clayton Anderson said.“There are thousands of residents of Calexico who were driven from their homes, many of them children, and they are struggling to get back to normal. Donations and supplies are still needed, and we may focus primarily on providing transportation of supplies being gathered in San Diego as part of the earthquake relief effort."
May 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Two earthquakes measuring 5.3 and 4.8 in magnitude struck at 10:33 and 10:00 a.m. The temblors were centered 14 and 13 miles SSW of Seeley, California, according to the U.S. Geological Service.
The quakes caused significant shaking in East County and San Diego, causing windows to rattle on Mount Helix. If you had damage from the quake, please post in the comments section below. Click here to see an enlarged map.
No reports of damage have been received, said a dispatcher for Heartland Fire, which services much of East County.
May 8, 2010 (Washington, D.C.)-- On May 6, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for California, making federal funds available to help communities rebuild after the April 4, 2010 earthquake.
By Miriam Raftery
May 4, 2010 – ECM has received several e-mails from readers with updates on the situation in Baja, California and Mexicali in Imperial County more than a month after the devastating Easter earthquake.
According to an eyewitness in Mexico, flooded villages have started to dry up and trucks have been dispatched to remove large quantities of mud from homes. Crowds of people have been asked by police to return to their villages, but sleep outside of their damaged homes.
April 21, 2010 (La Mesa) –Clayton Anderson, senior partner at Anderson & Kriger, a La Mesa law firm, is organizing volunteers to bring relief supplies to earthquake victims and help clear rubble in Mexico this Saturday. Thousands have been left homeless in Baja, Mexico from the earthquake and flooding that it has caused.
“My goal is to punch south of Mexicali and get to some of the villages being ignored by the Mexican government and international agencies,” Anderson told East County Magazine. “I want to do this every month if it works out.”
Sand volcanoes pose new hazards for quake survivors; thousands left homeless
Photos: Joe Espinoza
April 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Rescue Task Force (RTF), a nonprofit international relief organization founded in El Cajon and now headquartered in Carlsbad, seeks donations of tents, supplies and money to help quake survivors in Baja, Mexico including the hard-hit Cucapah Indians. “RTF is working with our local Indian tribes to bring relief,” said Gary Beck at RTF. “Friday we will be delivering 80 long-term use tents to 80 families suddenly left homeless.”
Besides direct damage to buildings and infrastructure, the quake has caused a new and bizaare hazard. "Thousands of sand volcanoes were errupting very hot muddy water during the earthquake in the Mexicali Valley," Patricia Robles wrote to a former colleague who teaches in Calexico. "The erruptions reached at least six feet above the ground, don't know how deep they came from. They happened everywhere, even inside people's homes and caused a lot of panic." Photos were taken by Joe Espinoza, an eyewitness to the erruptions.
April 20, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Bob asked President Barack Obama today to grant California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for a Federal Disaster Declaration that would help make funds available for Imperial County to rebuild after the April 4 quake that shook the valley.
April 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- Yesterday, volunteers from San Diego were met with gratitude by earthquake survivors , delivering food, water, tents, toys and hope for thousands left homeless near the epicenter in Mexico—including a one-day-old infant christened “America.”
By Miriam Raftery
April 9, 2010 (San Diego) – Border Angels, a San Diego-based organization, is seeking donations of nonperishable food, clothing, tents, sleeping bags, water and other vital supplies for earthquake victims left homeless with no electricity or water in Baja California, Mexico. In some areas, flooding caused by the quake has compounded the misery. "Water sprouting from the ground has sulfur," Estela Flores told East County Magazine.
Flores was in the area when the quake struck. "We all heard the rocks rolling down the mountains. We just looked up to see all the dust," she said.
By Miriam Raftery, Editor
April 6, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – More than 24 hours after a 7.2 earthquake jolted our region, triggering more than 100 aftershocks, why has the County of San Diego failed to post a single mention of the recent quakes on its so-called “emergency” website at http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/?
April 11, 2010 (San Diego's East County) - These photos from readers dramatically illustrate damage in Baja California, Mexico from the Easter earthquake.
April 11, 2010 (San Diego's East County) - Here are photos we received from readers, dramatically illustrating the damage in Baja California, Mexico from the Easter Sunday earthquake.
By Miriam Raftery
April 8, 2010 – How safe would giant wind turbines, power stations, high voltage lines, and a dump proposed for East County be during a powerful earthquake? Consumer advocates and area residents are raising those questions—and the answers in some cases are unsettling.
By Miriam Raftery
April 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Many area residents were awakened by aftershocks during the night following yesterday’s 7.2 earthquake in Mexico. In neighboring Imperial County, Calexico was the hardest hit U.S. city, with historic buildings in several blocks of downtown cordoned off and 80% red-tagged by authorities, Channel 7 news reports. In San Diego and East County, officials continue taking stock of damage and residents tell their stories.
“It was pretty darn strong out here,” said Jan Hedlun, a planning board member and resident in Potrero, located just a couple of miles north of the Mexican border town of Tecate. Hedlund said she went outside and “could see the land rolling and the electrical poles weaving.”
Major damage in Mexicali; minor damage to some East County facilities
5% chance of even bigger quake in next few days - Cal Tech
By Miriam Raftery
April 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Geological Service has upgraded the quake that struck108 miles southeeast of Tijuana today to 7.2--stronger than the quake that leveled Haiti.
In San Diego’s East County, the Campo Cal-Fire station and Otay Rural Fire Protection District facility sustained minor damage to a water system and communications, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler told ECM this evening.