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Large quake shakes Gulf of California; no tsunami threat to Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff

and Associated Press

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 11:55 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2010



A 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico's Gulf of California this morning, but there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, officials said.

 

The quake was centered 6.2 miles deep, 65 miles south of Los Mochis in Sinaloa, and 85 miles northeast of La Paz in Baja California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 11:53 a.m. at the epicenter, 7:53 a.m. Hawaii time.

"Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii," said officials with Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach.

Sinaloa civil protections authorities had no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Alberto Montoya Rodriguez, who runs the losmochis.com website from his home in Ahome, north of the city, said it seemed to shake for more than a minute, sending him and his neighbors into the streets.

"There was a lot a panic," he said, adding that it caused no damage, "just a big scare."

The same region was hit by three moderately powerful earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 5.5 to 5.8 Tuesday night and early Wednesday, but they caused no known damage.

This morning's earthquake was initially listed as a 6.9 magnitude but later downgraded to 6.7, according to the USGS.






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