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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.   
 
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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)
 
 

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Downtown Calexico Canopy Support


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El Centro Water Tower 


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Gerald Schafer posts an “Unsafe” placard at the Water Tower.


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Structural Failure on 1st Street

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SAP Coordinator, David Karina  RCI reviews reports at Calexico City Hall 

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Seismic movement causes two buildings to make contact resulting in damage.

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Typical unreinforced masonry failure.
 
 
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