Updated | An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 shook the Gulf of California on Friday morning. No immediate damage was reported, according to the Associated Press.
The earthquake struck the waters between Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico, about 48 miles off the coast of Loreto, Mexico, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake shook to a depth of about 6 miles. Loreto, which has a population of approximately 11,000, was the town closest to the earthquake. It is known for attracting American tourists who often camp in recreational vehicles along the coast.
Yolanda Vallejo, owner of the Rivera del Mar RV park in Loreto, told Associated Press, "We felt similar earthquakes .. no damage, my dishes did not even fall. "
Other cities of the same size, Pueblo Yaqui, Villa Juárez and Santa Rosalia, were about 80 miles from the earthquake. The city of Hermosillo, which has a population of almost 600,000, was 167 miles from the center of the earthquake.
A replica hit about half an hour later with a magnitude of 4.5. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's tsunami warning system reported that there was no warning, warning, surveillance or tsunami threat until Friday at 11 am . Generally, 7.0 magnitude earthquakes rarely trigger a tsunami, according to John Bellini, a geophysicist at the USGS. Also, this region was not the specific fault that often results in a tsunami. The earthquake on Friday occurred along a slip fault; Bellini explained that it was similar to two blocks of wood sliding side by side instead of up and down.
Since the earthquake was on the coast, it is not expected to produce much damage. Bellini said that until now he had not heard any damage reports. This area of Mexico is sparsely populated, and the earthquake followed what is expected of the seismicity in the region.
"This is not something we would consider out of the ordinary," Bellini Newsweek said.
Mexico is located on top of three tectonic plates and is one of the most active regions in the world for earthquakes. The country has a history of devastating earthquakes, one in September 1985 killed more than 9,000 people in Mexico City. Last September, an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 hit Juchitán de Zaragoza, Mexico, killing dozens of people, as reported by The New York Times at the time.
As of Friday morning, local time, according to the United States Geological Survey, residents in coastal cities reported that they felt mostly weak to slight tremor, with some areas reporting strong tremors.
This article has been updated with additional information about the earthquake.