4 Earthquakes Strike Off Mexican Coast

No damage reported; 6.9 tremor felt as far away as Phoenix, LA
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2009 3:24 PM CDT
Mexico's Baja peninsula.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A series of four earthquakes hit within an hour today under Mexico’s Gulf of California, BNO News reports. The second of the tremors, which at 9 miles deep were relatively shallow and thus more dangerous, registered a 6.9 on the Richter scale. No damage was immediately reported, and though one agency warned early about possible tsunami threats, that warning was soon canceled.

“The earth was turning around really ugly,” the manager of a hotel tells the AP. “People got really scared.” The three smaller quakes measured from 5.0 to 5.8, and because they were centered in the sea between the Baja peninsula and Mexico’s mainland, a representative of the US National Earthquake Information Center says, the chances of damage were greatly reduced.
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