Sixty-two seconds. It’s a sliver of time that comes and goes in a flash; a fleeting period that barely registers on the 24-hour scale of daily life. Last Easter Sunday afternoon however, 62 seconds seemed like an eternity for Genesis Andrade ‘10 and tens of millions of people from Northern Baja to Nevada who experienced firsthand the alarming power of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked the region.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the “significant seismic activity” lasted roughly 62 seconds, but the quake’s impact on the small communities located between San Felipe, Mexico and the U.S. border deeply rattled Andrade and her family as they drove home from vacation.
“When the earthquake happened, my family and I were coming back from a vacation in San Felipe, which is about an hour or so south of Mexicali,” Andrade recently recalled, her voice taut from the memory. “The roads were blocked off, and a lot of people, a lot of families, were on the side of the road with whatever personal possessions they could get before evacuating their homes.” (Full Story Inside USD)