Earthquakes rock Baja California and Sonora

By Calvin Palmer

The Baja California and Sonora regions of Mexico was rocked by four earthquakes this morning.

The strongest quake registered a powerful 6.9 magnitude and was centered 331 miles southeast of Tijuana in the Gulf of California and 4.5 miles below the surface, according to the U.S. National Earthquake Information Center.

There were no reports of damage. The tremor was felt in downtown San Diego, Los Angeles and as far away as Phoenix.

The strong quake was preceded by one with a magnitude 5.8 and followed by two more with magnitudes of 5.0 and 5.9.

The quakes were all centered in the middle of the narrow slice of sea between the Baja peninsula and Mexico’s mainland, which should help cut down on its chances of causing major damage, said Don Blakeman, an analyst at the center.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

[Based on reports by the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.]

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