Baja Earthquake Measures 6.2, Sends Aftershocks All The Way To Los Angeles

Baja Earthquake Measures 6.2, Felt In Los Angeles

A Baja earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck on Tuesday evening, sending a series of aftershocks throughout Mexico and southern California.

The earthquake took place off the coast of Baja California and was quickly followed by two others, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Scientists from the US Geological Service determined that the Baja earthquake occurred in the ocean roughly 47 miles north-northeast of La Paz, which is off the coast of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. That placed the earthquake about 604 miles from Phoenix, Arizona.

At about 4:45 pm, the earthquake was felt in Los Angeles; then 20 seconds later another earthquake struck, this one with a magnitude of 4.2. After 12 minutes passed, a third earthquake was felt, this one measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale.

The Los Angeles Times reported that there was no immediate word of damage or injuries from the Baja earthquakes.

In La Paz, where the Baja earthquake was felt more strongly, there were also no immediate reports of damages or injuries, The Associated Press reported.

“We are calling on the public to remain calm in case there are aftershocks,” said state civil defense director Carlos Rincon

The areas west of the Gulf of California is noted as a hotbed of seismic activity. This area, which includes the Baja California Peninsula, is moving to the northwest at a speed of 95 millimeters per year. It is the motion of these plates that actually created Baja California, pulling it away from land and forming the Gulf of California.

The Baja earthquake was not as destructive as some past tremors to strike Mexico. In 1985, one measuring 8.1 struck in Medico City, killing more than 9,500 people.