CALIFORNIA: Earthquake

Ben Mullings had parked his car in front of a grocery store on the main street of Imperial, Calif. Mrs. Mullings and the two children were crossing the sidewalk when Mullings, startled by an unfamiliar noise, looked up, saw the wall of the store crack, disintegrate, crash on the heads of his family. In nearby El Centro, a fire wall tumbled down on Clifford Moore. All through rich Imperial Valley, one night last week, ran the earthquake’s shivers. They shook down buildings, cracked open the irrigation canal that carries the Valley’s water, let precious water flow out over Mexico. Damage: more than $2,500,000. Dead: Mrs. Mullings and her children, Clifford Moore, four others.

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