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Earthquakes continue to rattle Baja California

A series of moderate and small earthquakes continued Thursday in Baja California, with a 4.7 temblor located near La Paz.

It was the latest in a swarm of quakes to hit the Gulf of California near the southern part of the Baja peninsula. Three quakes measuring greater than magnitude 5 struck northeast of La Paz.

One of those, which hit Wednesday morning, measured magnitude 5.8.

The latest occurred at 8:26 a.m. Thursday and was centered about 70 miles northeast of La Paz, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

To the north, a 4.3-magnitude quake struck after 4 p.m. Wednesday 50 miles southeast of Ensenada, closely following a 4.0 temblor.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

-- Shelby Grad


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Hopefully these little quakes will release some pressure to prevent a more damaging and disastrous "Big One".

obviously pre-quakes leading up to the 6.9

There is something going on in the Baja; The San Andreas and Colorado faults are tearing the Baja away from Mainland Mexico. The swarm of earthquakes are manifestations of the expansion process. High flying aircraft have measured the expansion on the San Andreas: it was 30 inches two months ago. The forecast, then, was that the Gulf had widened by 10 feet. The swarm started at Easter this year with a major quake: since then there have been over 1000 aftershocks along the fault line. The residents of the Gulf have reported a, more than normal, drop in the sea level which is indicative of earthquake action in the region. The sea has been receding for a long time in the Gulf due to the expansion. Recently, however, the seas recession has been more pronounced. Small craft are having difficulty negotiating the estuary of the Colorado. The drop is the sea level has made the river mouth shallow. The tide in the Gulf is 22 feet. Docking facilities have always been constructed to cope with this large tidal difference. The sea level drop is making some of these older docks useless; they will be left standing in sand. The earthquakes will persist until something major occurs e.g. the Gulf may widen and extend the rift up into northern Mexico and Southern California. The result of this is that the low lying Salton sea would once again be flooded by water from the Gulf of California. The same phenomenon is occuring at the Horn of Africa. See www.widemargin2000.com videos by Richard Guy. Also see videos' The Mysterious Receding Seas" on www.youtube.com


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