Friday, December 14, 2012

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off the West Coast of Baja California

Some Southern California residents reported feeling some shaking after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean, near Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, early Friday morning.
It was initially reported that there were two quakes, 6.4 and 6.1, within seconds of each other, but seismologists concluded it was only one temblor. The US Geological Survey reported that the initial quake, centred 163 miles south southwest of Avalon, California hit at 2:36 a.m. local time. A strong 4.7-magnitude aftershock hit about 15 minutes later, according to the USGS.

Eyewitness News viewers across the Southland said they felt some shaking, including in Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Temecula and Long Beach. “It felt pretty strong,” said Ivan Calderon, a Baja Sur civil protection official, adding there were no reports of damages or injuries. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake is capable of causing severe damage.More

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