April 8th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

Moderate earthquake rattles Baja California

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Baja California, Mexico, on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.

The moderate earthquake was about 11 miles (18 km) west-southwest of Guadalupe VIctoria, Baja California, and about 32 miles (51 km) south-southeast of Mexicali, Baja California&.8217;s capital, the USGS said.

The earthquake occurred at 9:44 a.m. (12:44 p.m. ET) and was 6.2 miles (10 km) deep, the USGS said.

Maria Peinado of the Imperial County Office of Emergency of Services in California said no damages or injuries have been reported.

Crews from CNN affiliate KGTV in El Centro, California, reported feeling the quake.

A 7.2 earthquake shook the region Sunday, killing two people and injuring more than 200, Baja California Gov. Jose Guadalupe Osuna said, according to the state-run Notimex news agency.

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  1. Patricia Flynn

    Early reports on these events help people in the affected area evaluate aftershocks and keep them in manageable perspective.

    Small question: Why are so many reporters now using "damages" as if it was part of a court proceeding, instead of the standard, "damage" as in "Was there any damage?"

    April 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jennifer Mavens

    The answer is simple, Patty. We live in a litigious society where everyone feels entitled to sue for "damages" at the first offense. Well, good luck suing Mother Earth!

    April 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nick

    Hello, look at this random thing about the earthquake that happened in Baja, California.

    April 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Delano

    The aftershocks of the 7.2 earthquake lead north for 109 miles and point to the source of the eartquakes, The Geo-Thermal Plant at Cerr Pietro. They push a solution 12,000 feet down into a 2,200 degree magma of a dormant volcano and it flashes into steam in the return pipe to turn generators so that California can have 5 % more electricity.
    Everyone is ignoring the science report of numerious earthquakes every time they push the limits of the plant,and this plant has a record of many earthquakes for the past 30 years. This is nothing new- this is not my discovery.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. John Delano

    I have reported my findings to Senator Schummer of Ney York for his revies. I pray we have time to pull the plug on this electric source.
    The alternative is to use waste natural gas from the Mexican Gas fields of Vera-Cruz to the Bay of Campeeche to power jet engines that turn GE 6,000 series generators. Six of these Generators , a 450 million dollat project in Kuwait was completed in 6 months and would make the Cerro Pietro plant unnecessary.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bonnie

    Some of the "early reports" do not reach these people at all. Some of them do not even own a TV or any source of comunication. Yes NIck, you state that this is a random thing that happens, of course its Mother Nature, but your words would not be so cold if this had affected you personally. John you are correct, let's just hope that if El Cerro Pietro goes wrong they do not try and place those here, next to our familes.
    Bottom line Baja Ca has not stopped shaking since Sunday's earthquake, and all we have to do is to keep these people in our prays and hope that it doesn't get worse.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |