A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has shaken the coasts of Baja California on Tuesday afternoon. The quake, whose epicenter was located in the ocean, around 47 miles north-northeast of La Paz, was quickly followed by two aftershocks, according to L.A. Now.
Inhabitants on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico went through difficult times when a 6.2 earthquake began around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday. No person was injured and no damages were produced during the quake and the two aftermaths that followed because the seism was located in the ocean.
According to the U.S. Geological Service, the effects of the seism had the biggest intensity in Phoenix as the quake was only 604 miles from the south-eastern part of the city. The shaker took place at a depth of 6.3 miles, according to the recent reports. Twenty minutes after the 6.2 earthquake ended, the earth was shaken again, this time by a 4.2 magnitude seism. Just when the inhabitants were thinking that the ordeal was over another microseism of a 4.8 magnitude occurred 12 minutes after the first one.
The situation could be a lot more complicated for the inhabitants of Baja as the Peninsula is gradually sinking into the ocean, according to scientists’ declarations. The Baja California Peninsula and the entire region in the Gulf of California are moving towards the northwestern part of the Pacific plate with a speed of 95 millimeters per year. It was, in fact, this plate motion which determined the separation of the Baja California Peninsula from the coast; thus, leading to the formation of the Gulf of California. The U.S. Geological Service stated that the gradual plate motion registered in the region is the main factor causing earthquakes in the Gulf.
Mexico has been through many destructive earthquakes until now. 9,500 people were killed in an 8.1 seism which occurred in 1985, in Mexico City.