Quake in Baja California, Mexico, upgraded to 7.2 magnitude

10:49, April 05, 2010      

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Map of seismic region. The red balloon points the epicenter Baja California, Mexico. The U.S. Geological Survey on Sunday upgraded an earthquake in Baja California, Mexico, to 7.2 magnitude from 6.9 magnitude.

A strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico's Baja California state, and was also felt in the southwestern corner of the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred at 5:40 p.m. local time (2240 GMT) with a depth of 10 km.

The epicenter was some 26 km south-southwest of Guadalupe Victoria, 173km east-southeast of Tijuana, bordering the U.S. city of San Diego, California.

There was no report of electricity cuts or noticeable movement of buildings in Mexico. However no more details are available due to communications failure.

The civil protection service in Baja California said that no massive damage or casualties were reported at the moment, and assessment was still underway.

But major damage was feared, as the quake was not far from a population center, said a source with the National Seismological Institute.

Meanwhile, witnesses in Tijuana told Xinhua that the quake had triggered panic among local people.

The earthquake was also felt in Los Angeles and Palma Springs in California, and Las Vegas in Nevada.

A series of minor aftershocks followed the strong quake, which was previously measured at 6.9 magnitude, said the USGS.

Source: Xinhua


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