6.2-magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico’s southern Baja California coast

Posted on September 26, 2012

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By The Associated Press September 25, 2012
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CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the southern part of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula Tuesday and was felt strongly in the city of La Paz.

State civil defence director Carlos Rincon said there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries in La Paz, a tranquil fishing and resort city.

“We are calling on the public to remain calm in case there are aftershocks,” Rincon said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centred about 47 miles (75 kilometres) north-northeast of La Paz in Baja California Sur.

The USGS said the quake occurred at about 4:45 p.m. local time and was centred offshore in the Gulf of California.

About twenty minutes later, a 4.6-magnitude aftershock occurred about 24 miles (38 kilometres) north of La Paz. That quake was also centred in the Gulf of California.

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