6.2 earthquake off Baja is quickly followed by aftershocks
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Baja California has quickly been followed by at least two others.
The earthquake occurred in the ocean, 47 miles north-northeast of La Paz, off the coast of Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, the U.S. Geological Service reported Tuesday. That’s also about 604 miles south-southeast of Phoenix.
The shaker struck about 4:45 p.m Los Angeles time at a depth of 6.3 miles. Twenty minutes later, a second quake of magnitude 4.2 was recorded. A third quake, with a magnitude of 4.8, occurred 12 minutes after the second.
There was no immediate word on damage or injuries.
The area west of the Gulf of California, including the Baja California Peninsula, is moving northwestward with the Pacific plate at a speed of about 95 millimeters per year. Plate motion has pulled Baja California away from the coast, forming the Gulf of California and is the cause of earthquakes in that region, according to the USGS.
Mexico has a long history of destructive earthquakes. In September 1985, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake killed more than 9,500 people in Mexico City.
-- Howard Blume