Not only Hurricanes hit Baja, Earthquakes too

Magnitude-4.9 Earthquake Reported Off Baja California Peninsula

Two moderate earthquakes rocked Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday, but no injuries or damage have been reported, the National Seismology Service said.

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake hit at 1:50 a.m. and was followed by a magnitude-5.1 temblor at 7:23 a.m.

The quakes’ epicenters were in unpopulated areas near the town of San Felipe.

“No seismic alerts are in effect,” the service said.

Residents of the Baja California Peninsula have been dealing all week long  with the chaos left by Hurricane Odile.

The hurricane, a Category 3 storm, made landfall early Monday in the peninsula.

Magnitude-4.9 Earthquake Reported Off Baja California Peninsula
Magnitude-4.9 Earthquake Reported Off Baja California Peninsula

Baja California Sur state, which is home to the resort area of Los Cabos, is being battered by heavy rains, strong winds and a powerful storm surge.

Mexico, one of the countries with the highest levels of seismic activity in the world, sits on the North American tectonic plate and is surrounded by three other plates in the Pacific: the Rivera microplate, at the mouth of the Gulf of California; the Pacific plate; and the Cocos plate.


The Cocos tectonic plate stretches from Colima state south and has the potential to cause the most damage since it affects Mexico City, which has a population of 20 million and was constructed over what was once Lake Texcoco.

The magnitude-8.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City on Sept. 19, 1985, was the most destructive to ever hit Mexico, killing some 10,000 people, injuring more than 40,000 others and leaving 80,000 people homeless.