Blog Archive: Earthquakes

USGS says magnitude-6.6 quake hits Gulf of California

MEXICO CITY >> A strong earthquake shook communities along the Gulf of California on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude 6.6 quake struck at 1:14 a.m. local time at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The offshore epicenter was 48 miles (79 kilometers) south-southwest of Los Mochis. It was preceded by two other earthquakes of magnitude 4.9 and 5.3. Mexico’s national coordinator of civil protection, Luis Felipe Puente, sent a tweet saying that there were no immediate reports of damage in Sinaloa state, where Los Mochis lies, or in Baja California Sur on the other side of the gulf.

Powerful earthquake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning

TOKYO >> A powerful earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but it occurred well beneath the earth’s surface and did not trigger a tsunami warning. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and there were no reports of major damage. The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590 kilometers (370 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678 kilometers (421 miles).

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