Sunday, April 4

Update: Earthquake in Baja California, Mexico, Upgraded To 7.2 Magnitude


MEXICO CITY -- As reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake shaked Mexico's Baja California State, and was also felt in the Southwestern corner of the United States.

The earthquake happened at 5:40 p.m. local time (2240 GMT) with a depth of 10 km, USGS said. Epicenter was some 26 km south-southwest of Guadalupe Victoria, 173km east-southeast of Tijuana, bordering the U.S. city of San Diego, California.

No reported of electricity cuts or noticeable movement of buildings in Mexico. Still no more details are available due to communications failure.

The civil protection service in Baja California said that no massive damage or casualties were reported at the moment, and assessment was still underway.

But major damage was feared, as the quake was not far from a population center, said a source with the National Seismological Institute.
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