Thursday, April 12, 2012

Twin quakes above magnitude 6 strike off Mexico

WASHINGTON: A strong 6.2-magnitude followed by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Mexico's Pacific coast early Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The earthquakes came close to each other, at around 12.06am (0706 GMT) and 12:15am (0715 GMT), in the Gulf of California, 134 to 143 kilometres from the town of Guerrero Negro in the Mexican state of Baja California, according to the USGS.

They occurred at a depth of about 10.3 kilometres (6.4 miles).

The US National Weather Service issued a notice saying it does not expect any damaging tsunami along the US west coast.

The earthquakes came hours after a 6.5-magnitude quake shook western Mexico, sending people rushing out into the streets as far away as Mexico City but apparently causing no casualties or major damage.

There has been a series of recent tremors in the region.

A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwest Mexico on March 20, killing two people, injuring 13 others and damaging thousands of homes.

That earthquake -- with its epicentre south of the Pacific resort of Acapulco -- was the most powerful to hit the country since one in 1985, which destroyed entire neighborhoods of the capital and killed thousands.

Residents of Mexico's crowded capital -- home to more than 20 million people -- are all too familiar with seismic activity and have grown used to evacuation drills.

The city government recently introduced an earthquake warning app for BlackBerry cell phones and plans to install public speakers to broadcast alarms.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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