Strong earthquake hits Baja California

The US Geological Survey (USGS) on the afternoon of Easter Sunday monitored a large earthquake in the southern Imperial Valley south of Mexicali, Mexico near the Colorado River, at about 15:40 PDT (22:40 UTC).

USGS shake map of the earthquake

It was felt throughout the surrounding area for a great distance, with shaking said to have lasted for about a minute.

The USGS reports that the epicentre was 26 kilometres (16 miles) south-southwest from Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico, and 173 kilometres (108 miles) east-southeast from Tijuana, Baja California, at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

According to witnesses, the quake was felt as far away as Los Angeles and San Diego, California. There were numerous aftershocks, the Reuters news agency reports. USGS has reported at least 3 at this time, one reached magnitude 5.1, another one which took place in the same place of the earthquake reached 5.4, and another one in Sonora, 5.1.

No casualties have been reported as yet, though the Los Angeles Fire Department has been put on alert. It was reported that a number of people were stuck in an elevator in Disneyland, Anaheim.

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