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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, June 10, 1980-Page 11

From APandUPI and Sonora. Injuries ranged from
MEXICALI, Mexico-A rolling earth- broken arms and legs to head Injuries.
quake felt 150 miles away in California The quake, which registered 6.2 on
and Arizona killed two people, injured the Richter scale, destroyed 50 homes
about 100 others, and devastated a rural in Mexico and knocked foodstfuffs off
areas of northwestern Mexico. At the the shelves of grocery stores as far
same time, a nearby dormant volcano away as Yuma, Ariz. and El Centro,
stirred to life. Calif., authorities said.
"There is destruction everywhere The nearby Cerro Prieto volcano,
you look, Enrique Hage, spokesman believed extinct, began to rumble shor-
yo civkiEnauxliaryfhe H Mexican tly after the temblor.
for the civilian auxiliary of theMean THE EARTHQUAKE, centered 50
Red Cross, said yesterday of the ear- miles southeast of this Mexican border
thquake that struck Sunday imght. city, hit at 8:28 p.m. Sunday. It was felt
RED CROSS OFFICIALS said more in Ponx rz n o nee.
than 100 people were treated for in- i Phoenix, Ariz. and Los Angeles.
juries at hospitals and clinics An 18-month-old child was fatally in-
throughout the Valley of Mexicalii jured when the roof of her home collap-
whchruh sout h fr o Mexical 'n- sed in the village of Coahuila, 57 miles
necting the states of Baja California southeast of here, police Capt. Hernan
Mendez said.. A bridge near Oaxaca

also reportedly collapsed on a car and
killed a man.
Antonio Villanueva of the Mexicali
Red Cross said more than 100 people
were injured, 30 of them required
ALTHOUGH THE quake also was felt
in the Mexican state of Sonora, across
the Gulf of California, damage there
was light, as it was in Arizona and
A transformer was knocked out in
nearby Brawley, Calif. shutting off
power for several hours in a six-block
Mexican officials, placing damage in
the "hundreds of thousands of dollars,"
said 100 dwellings were destroyed. Most
of the damage occurred in sparsely
populated communities south of the

epicenter, 50 miles southeast of
THE QUAKE MADE a wedge-shaped
pattern of destruction, from the village
of Hildago on the north, to Colonia
Coahuila, with 35,000 residents, in
Sonora on the south, and east to San
Luis in Sonora.
Police reported some damage to
irrigation canals in the valley, but there
was no major flooding.
The heaviest damage was in Oaxaca,
a farming community 23 -miles
southeast of Mexicali located in the rich
delta lands of the Colorado River, and
at nearby Delta Station. Crops were
damaged by floodwaters from broken
irrigation canals.
villge of Oaxaca," Hage said.
In the village of Victoria, 43 miles
southeast of Mexicali, numerous homes
were damaged or destroyed.
The Cerro Prieto volcano is near a
geothermal plant which provides half
the electricity used in Baja California.
Authorities in the area said "rum-
blings" were heard in the volcano after
the quake.
At California Institute of Technology
in Pasadena, earthquake expert Dr.
Clarence Allen said there may be some
connection between Sunday's Mexican
temblor and the geologic activity that
has been shaking the Pacific Coast in
recent months from San Luis Obispo on
the Central California coast to Mam-
moth Lakes in the High Sierra.
IT....... 1 :.

PLO conference
Palestinian Central Council, the Palestine Liberation Organization's mini-parliament-in-exile, meets in Damascus,
Syria early Sunday under chairman Yas'sir Arafat. The council debated the future course of action against Israel of
the Palestinian guerrilla movement.
Iranian president warns
against hostage spy trials

TEHRAN, Iran (UPI) - President
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, in a significant
departure from past statements, war-
ned Iranian hardliners yesterday of
possible unspecified consequences of
spy trials for the 53 American hostages.
"If the trial of the hostages is held
like the trials of the agents of the for-
mer regime, it is not known what it will
lead to," Bani-Sadr said in an interview
published in the Ettelaat newspaper.
HE DID NOT elaborate, but since the
revolution that deposed Shah Moham-
med Reza Pahlavi, hundreds of
Iranians have been tried and executed
by the Islamic regime..
Although he indicated he supported
the militants' occupation of the U.S.
Embassy that began Nov. 4, it was the
first time the president has publicly in-
dicated any opposition to putting the
hostages on trial.
Observers said it was significant that
Bani-Sadr's warning came as the new
Parliament prepared to meet and
tackle political issues that have long

been in dispute, including who will be
Iran's prime minister.
"THERE ARE many assumptions
regarding a trial of the hostages and
there are many obstacles in this direc-
tion," the president told the newspaper.
Moreover, he said, "if the hostages
are tried and some of them are found
not to be spies, then we would be faced
with the question as to why they were
kept for seven months."
He said open spy trials involving
legal counsel for the Americans could
lead to questions about "why the
foreigners are accorded such a
privilege, but others are deprived of
BANI-SADR issued the warning as
Iran's parliament prepared to consider
the appointment of a prime minister,
the first stage of official business ex-
pected to culminate in a debate in late
July on the hostages - now in their
219th day of captivity.
The two sides - the fundamentalists
who are said to favor spy trials for the

hostages versus Bani-Sadr's more
moderate forces - appeared to be set-
ting the battle lines for the re-
emergence of their power struggle as
they traded attacks and warnings in
Tehran newspapers.
Bani-Sadr also said he could not ad-
vise parliament, charged with deciding
the fate of the Americans, what to do
since "representatives are themselves
responsible for their actions."
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