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State of Emergency declared due to Earthquake Aftermath

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MEXICALI, MEXICO (CNN) -- The governor of the Mexican state of Baja California said Monday he is asking the federal government for a natural disaster declaration after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook the region. 

The border city of Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, was the hardest hit by Sunday's quake, which was the largest in Baja California and Southern California since 1992, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. 

Two people died, and 140 injuries were reported, though that number could increase.

Doctors in Mexicali told CNN there were between five and 10 victims in critical condition. 

On Monday, authorities examined the damage in Mexicali. Electricity was restored in some parts of the city, and most structures were standing, though the cleanup appeared to be daunting.

Glass and other debris were strewn around the city. 

Unlike the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, there were no reports of people trapped underneath rubble. 

The city's hospital was also damaged, so doctors were seeing patients in the parking lot. 

Because the earthquake was only six miles deep, it created fissures in the earth.

One witness told CNN that the earth opened up and that water came pouring out.

 

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