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4 Quakes Strike Pacific off Baja, and Gulf of California

UPDATE - A swarm of 4 significant to strong earthquakes struck thewestern Pacific off Mexico and the Gulf of California today.The strongest was an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, which struck 76miles off the coast of Baja California this morning and wasfelt strongly in San Diego, where buildings were evacuated,including San Diego City Hall. This follows 5.9, 5.8 and 5.0quakes inthe Gulf of California earlier today.

The Pacific quake was expected to produce a smalltsunamialong the northern coast of Baja California. There were noreports of damage in the relatively empty northern part ofBaja, which would have received the strongest effect of thequake 6.9 quake.

These quakes are obviously related but it is not a matter ofa large quake followed by aftershocks. Earthquake swarms area little-understood phenomenon, but usually do not involvesuch strong tremors. Whether or not there will be furtherseismic activity in the region is unknown.

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