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post Aug 3 2009, 02:09 PM
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SANTA ISABEL, Mexico (BNO NEWS) -- A series of strong earthquakes struck off of Baja California in Mexico just minutes apart on Monday afternoon, officials told BNO News.

The first earthquake struck about 68 miles northeast of Santa Isabel in Mexico and had a magnitude of 5.8, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. The tremor struck at 1.55 p.m. EDT, following by a second earthquake at 2 p.m. EDT. The second earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Both earthquakes were located about 9 miles deep, which makes it a shallow earthquake. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more severe damage than deeper earthquakes.

Two more earthquakes followed soon after the first events, with a preliminary 5.0 magnitude earthquake at 2.33 p.m. EDT and a 6.0 to 6.5 magnitude earthquake at 2.40 p.m. EDT.

Although no tsunami warnings were immediately issued, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned there is a risk of local tsunamis. "Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a few hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter," a statement from the agency said. "Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action."

The agency added to say that, if no tsunami waves have been observed near the epicenter within an hour of the [large] earthquake, around 3 p.m. EDT, that the danger has passed.

There was no immediate word on damage or casualties from the earthquakes. A spokesman for the United States Geological Survey told BNO News he expected the earthquake to be felt in the area, but said it was not a densely populated area.

People from as far away as Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego reported feeling the earthquakes.

Further details were not immediately available.


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post Aug 3 2009, 03:42 PM
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Earthquake swarm...hmm...hopefully the San Andreas isn't about to open up and tear Cali up...
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post Aug 3 2009, 03:46 PM
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Earthquake swarm...hmm...hopefully the San Andreas isn't about to open up and tear Cali up...


Well...then they could make more movies in Michigan.









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