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California CUs shook up from quake
SAN DIEGO (4/6/10)--Several credit union branches suffered damages from an 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Southern California and Mexico Sunday afternoon. The El Centro and Calexico branches of Sun Community FCU sustained substantial damages from the quake and will be closed until further notice, according to a notice posted on the credit union’s website. The credit union’s call center also is unavailable. Sun Community’s Imperial branch was open Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Brawley and Calipatria branches are fully functional, and ATMs at all locations are up and running. The Golden 1 CU, Sacramento, also has a branch in El Centro. The branch suffered minor damages but “everything is back to normal now,” said Tina Ramos-Ingold, California Credit Union League public affairs coordinator. The epicenter was in Mexicali, Mexico, southeast of Tijuana, Calif., but affected parts of Southern California and damaged buildings in Mexico-California border cities (The New York Times April 5). Two people were killed and more than 100 injured in Mexico. One person was injured in Calexico. About 100 aftershocks were reported, said The Associated Press (April 5). The earthquake took out three power lines in Calexico, and a gas leak forced an evacuation of about 300 homes. Electricity also was out in the city’s southeast area. “The U.S damage appeared to be limited to California's southeastern Imperial Valley in what was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in decades,” AP said. “The shaking was felt hundreds of miles away in Phoenix and Las Vegas.”


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