By and  on April 6, 2010

Retailers and manufacturers in Southern California and Mexico said Monday they suffered little or no damage from the powerful earthquake that hit near Mexicali, Mexico.

The magnitude 7.2 temblor, which struck at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, was the strongest in the region since 1992 and was felt in San Diego, Los Angeles and as far away as Phoenix. There were an estimated 100 aftershocks Monday.

With many stores and some malls closed for Easter, few retailers reported a significant impact. The minimal damage included broken glassware and dishes reported at Simon Property Group’s Fashion Valley Shopping Center in San Diego and at Westfield’s Parkway mall in nearby El Cajon, Calif.

Southern California residents said it was business as usual Monday.

“I think the biggest impact is that it just gave everyone something to talk about,” said Patty Bolton, a manager at Hansen’s Surf Shop in Encinitas. “We’ve been really busy this morning and didn’t have any damage it all, but people felt it and I’ve been hearing plenty about it.”

Though there were reports of dozens of damaged or collapsed buildings in Baja California, Mexico, Southern California manufacturers reported no side effects from the earthquake. Seven For All Mankind, which has an office in Mexico City, said it was operating normally. Reef, the sandal and swimsuit brand, reported no damage to its headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., about 130 miles northwest of Mexicali.

“It was just a lot of shaking and stuff,” said Lane Saunders, who owns The Closet chain, with stores in Orange County and San Diego. “What was weird is that water was coming out of some swimming pools around the neighborhood.”

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology said the quake could produce aftershocks in the magnitude 6.0 range in the coming days.

A magnitude 4.0 quake that hit near the Northern California city of Santa Rosa on Sunday afternoon was not related to the Mexicali temblor that hit about nine minutes earlier, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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