Monday, February 21, 2011

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Earthquake measuring magnitude 4.5 rattles Yuma

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake data center online, an earthquake with an initial magnitude of 4.5 hit near Guadalupe Victoria, Baja Calif., at 12:34 p.m. Arizona time.

An earthquake measuring about 3.9 then hit north of Oceanside, Calif., at 12:35 p.m. Arizona time.

The USGS also reported that the 4.5 earthquake, centered about 36 miles south-southwest of San Luis, Ariz., was felt throughout local communities as well, including Yuma, Wellton, Somerton, Roll and Dateland.

Yuma Fire Department spokesman Mike Erfert reported that as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, there had been no calls or damage reports made regarding the earthquake.

“Even though this earthquake was relatively minor, a lot of people did feel it and maybe it should serve as a reminder that we should be prepared for emergencies when they do happen.”

He added that being prepared could include putting together a 72-hour kit as well as having an emergency plan for your family to use during crisis situations.

A 72-hour kit should consist of basic nonperishable food, water, personal hygiene items, a flashlight, a battery-operated radio, a first aid kit and any prescription or over-the-counter medications as needed for 72 hours.

It is also helpful for individuals to get additional training in areas like CPR and first aid when they have the opportunity, Erfert said.

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