Powerful seaquake with aftershocks in the Gulf of California

Mexico, Baja California, Gulf of California (N...

Gulf of California - Image by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr

Earthquake Report comment :
Powerful shallow seaquake right on the fault line in the middle of the Gulf of California. The earthquake must have been felt in a wide area but only light to moderate shaking is expected by the experts.
In terms of Modified Mercalli scale,  a maximum of IV is expected in the coastal towns. IV Mercalli will have been felt by more than 1 million people. IV Mercalli means light shaking.
The earthquake's epicenter is located right on the fault line, luckily in the middle of the Gulf of California.
One preshock of M 4.7 and 2 aftershocks of M 5.5 and M 4.7 have occurred in the same area. There may be more shocks to come and the people in the area will have a difficult sleep tonight.
NO tsunami bulletins have been published by NOAA

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw 5.7
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10:09:44 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 14,4 km
Geo-location(s) :
130 km (80 miles) S of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
130 km (80 miles) SW of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico
135 km (85 miles) ENE of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
Fault line map
Nearest Live Seismogram (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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