An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 struck in the Mexican state of California del Norte on Monday, shaking some buildings and sending shockwaves to nearby Yuma, Ariz., and parts of Southern California. The quake originated roughly 20 miles (32.1km) below the surface. The strike was 56km southeast of Mexicali.
United States Geological Survey (USGS) officials reported the quake hit at 1:18 p.m. Arizona time on Monday, and that two other quakes hit in a close proximity not longer after the first one. USGS reported a quake in an area 9km west of Alberto Oviedo Mota just seven minutes after the intial quake, and then another one 10km west-northwest of Alberto Oviedo Mota 39 minutes after the first quake.
USGS also reported data that folks in Yuma felt tremors from the first earthquake. KSAZ in Phoneix reported that residents in the California cities of El Centro and parts of San Diego also felt tremors from the first quake.
The USGS site ranks strength of earthquakes, and categorized the Alberto Oviedo Mota, B.C., MX a III, meaning it was noticeably felt by people who were indoors, especially on higher-level floors. The site says most people don’t recognize the earthquake as one of this magnitude, as it typically sounds and feels like the vibration of a large, passing truck.
No casualties or injuries have ben reported.