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Mexicali beginning to return to normal after Sunday's earthquake

April 6, 2010 | 12:42 pm

Businesses in downtown Mexicali were starting to reopen Tuesday as power was increasingly restored for the first time since Sunday’s 7.2 earthquake just south of here.

A few people were camped out in tents in the city’s parks. But overall the city of a million plus appeared to slowly be returning to normal.

Shopping centers and fast-food restaurants here were also reopening. The flow of people across the border continues but has been greatly reduced.

“Mexicali’s been through a lot,” said Eloisa Ramirez, 37, who was shopping downtown. “We’ll get through this.”

Meanwhile, across the border in Calexico, Calif., clean-up operations of the downtown area have been completed. But most buildings remain red-tagged.
--Tony Perry in Mexicali