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A 6.4-magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Gulf of California

The tremor struck at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), said EMSC

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Sadaf Hasan
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UNITED STATES: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted the Gulf of California on Sunday, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

The civil defence agency of Mexico confirmed that there were no early reports of damage in the earthquake’s region, but it advised boats and the local coastal population to take measures due to potential currents in ports. The tremor struck at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), said EMSC.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System announced shortly after the earthquake that there was no tsunami threat for Alaska, British Columbia, or the U.S. West Coast.

In a statement, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that “Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.”

The Mexican civil defence ministry later tweeted that there may have been minor changes in sea level of a few centimetres in the area where the earthquake occurred. The earthquake was recorded as having a magnitude of 6.3 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

According to USGS computer models, the earthquake was too far from land to have had a big impact, but an estimated 1.9 million people who live along the shore felt a little trembling.

Mexico, which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of faults that circles the Pacific Ocean and is prone to powerful earthquakes, In September 2022, a strong 7.7-magnitude quake struck the western state of Michoacán, leaving two dead and wounding dozens more.

September’s quake occurred just an hour after nationwide preparedness drills, which were held on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that claimed more than 10,000 lives. Additionally, it marked the anniversary of the 2017 earthquake, which claimed 370 lives.

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