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Quake rattles Baja California Sur

28 September 2012 09:47

The south of the Mexican peninsula has been hit by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake

The south of the Mexican peninsula has been hit by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude rattled the south of the Mexican peninsula of Baja California on Wednesday and was felt strongly in the state's capital city of La Paz.

There were no initial reports of injuries or damages in the tranquil fishing and resort city of La Paz, the state civil defence director Carlos Rincon said, adding: "We are calling on the public to remain calm in case there are aftershocks." Schools in the state would be closed Thursday to allow experts to examine buildings for damage, the state governor Marcos Covarrubias said. Travellers to the beautiful coastal area should consider travel insurance before departing.

The quake happened at 4.45pm local time Wednesday (11.45pm BST) and its epicentre was in the Gulf of California some 47 miles to the north, north-east of La Paz, Baja California Sur, the US Geological Survey said. A 4.6-magnitude aftershock occurred about 20 minutes later some 24 miles north of the state capital, followed by a 4.8-magnitude shock 12 minutes later some eight miles out in the Gulf of California.