Earthquake Strikes Baja California


A 7.2-magnitude earthquake — the biggest to strike in the area since 1892 — hit Baja California Sunday at 3:40 p.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake was centered 16 miles southwest of Guadalupe Victoria in Baja, and about 110 miles southeast of Tijuana, and generated shocks felt as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Three strong aftershocks with magnitudes of about 5.0 followed Monday a.m.

The quake killed two people in northern Mexico and injured at least 100, as well as damaging buildings and causing blackouts, gas leaks, phone line damage, and a whole lot of mess. But despite the magnitude of this quake, it didn’t have the disastrous impact of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which killed 72 and caused $20 billion in damage.


While this earthquake exceeded the numerical magnitude of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, the damage there was far greater because the epicenter was near the heavily populated capital city, Port-au-Prince.

Citizen journalists were at it again documenting the quake, proving that water and dogs hate earthquakes, and revealing, perhaps, the inspiration for the world’s first wave pools.