Very Strong earthquake off the coast of Loreto, Mexico (Gulf of California) - January 19, 2018

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Update Monday 11:34 UTC : A total of 12 houses have been damaged

Update Saturday 11:28 UTC : 2 houses have been damaged by this earthquake


Update 17:30 UTC : The earthquake happened at the Carmen Transform fault (prolongation of the San Andreas fault) , right lateral event.

Update 17:13 UTC : Below the focal mechanism and what we think the movement that happened at the epicenter. Courtesy GEO France
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Update 15:57 UTC : NO RISK for a tsunami as the Magnitude is not high enough.

Update 15:55 UTC : shaking map from this earthquake. Max. light shaking on the coast following the calculations of USGS

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Update 15:51 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 0 injuries and 0 fatalities

Update 15:49 UTC :  Not so dangerous earthquakes as they look like. Transform fault earthquakes in the very active Gulf of California have almost always epicenters in the Gulf itself with limited impact on the shores.

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Update 15:49 UTC : Based on the current preliminary earthquake data, does expect at least some slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles, etc.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-01-19 16:17:46

Depth (Hypocenter) : 16 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Gulf Of California Jan 19 17:05 4.1 10 MAP
  • Redondo Beach - Felt a quick shift tonight 11ish Pm, maybe an after shock
  • Loreto BCS - No damage, windows rattling, fans and lights swaying
  • Loreto - 15 seconds, no damage
  • mulege - lasted about 10 seconds resulted in some cracks in walls.
  • Navajoa - Sitting on edge of hotel bed, felt swaying then "bumping" as if someone was kicking the bed from underneath. No damage.
  • EMSC Gulf Of California Jan 19 16:48 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • El Cajon, Fletcher Hills, California - Three to seven seconds of large sliding glass doors shaking. Doors faced South with glass aligning in an East/west axis. Windows parallel to the North/South Axis did not shake.
  • Campo, CA, USA - Shaking started out very light and got a tad heavier then weak again for about 20 seconds
  • Jamul - Moderate shaking
  • USGS Loreto, Mexico Jan 19 16:48 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Gulf Of California Jan 19 16:40 4.1 16 MAP
    EMSC Gulf Of California Jan 19 16:28 4.2 16 MAP
    USGS Loreto, Mexico Jan 19 16:17 6.5 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Los Mochis - Very weak shaking
  • Loreto, BCS - Light shaking
  • Loreto - House shook hard. No damage.
  • Mulege - Lasted probably 10-15 seconds, several mild aftershocks. No damage, only shook coffee out of a cup.
  • San Diego - whole bed and room shook
  • Loreto Bay - Lasted about a minute- moderate shaking. No property damage
  • Loreto - Moderate shaking
  • lore to - I felt it it caused slight damages to house but ok
  • GEOFON Gulf Of California Jan 19 16:17 6.3 10 MAP
    USGS Loreto, Mexico Jan 19 16:17 6.3 10 MAP




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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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