|Written by David Karina, Assoc. AIA, RCI, CSI, CDT|
Just across the border from Mexicali, Mexico, Calexico is a blend of American and Mexican cultures with a population of 38,7331. Calexico was incorporated in 1908, covers approximately 7.87 square miles and has roughly 9,000 housing units. On April 4, 2010, a 7.2 earthquake shook the surrounding area, causing severe damage to many of the structures, both public and private. The Cal-EMA SAP team volunteers, headed by the ACIA’s own David Karina, RCI who, assisted by Gerald Schafer, RCI, and other trained personnel, evaluated the damage.
From left to right: Armando Villa (Calexico Asst City Mgr), David Karina RCI (SAP Coordinator), Gerald Schafer RCI (SAP Evaluator), Victor Carillo (Calexico City Mgr), Tony Rouhotas (Imperial County Fire Chief & EOC Leader), Pete Mercado (Calexico Fire Chief), Ralph Morales (Calexico Building Official)
Downtown Calexico Canopy Support
El Centro Water Tower
Gerald Schafer posts an “Unsafe” placard at the Water Tower.
Structural Failure on 1st Street
SAP Coordinator, David Karina RCI reviews reports at Calexico City Hall
Seismic movement causes two buildings to make contact resulting in damage.
Typical unreinforced masonry failure.
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