Earthquake shakes western Mexico

Friday, October 22, 2010

Location of the esrthquake
Image: United States Geological Survey.

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck western Mexico today at 11:53 a.m. (17:53 UTC) local time , according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). There were no reports of damages or injuries. The epicenter was located in the Gulf of California, 105 km (65 miles) south of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, with a depth of just over five and a half miles.

The earthquake caused residents of Sinaloa to panic and run into the street. The USGS initially reported the quake as a 6.9, but later revised it to 6.7.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6.2 mi) according to the USGS and lasted about one minute according to local resident Alberto Montoya Rodriguez. There was no damage or injuries reported as a result of the quake, however schools were let out for the day.