A strong and shallow earthquake, registered by the USGS as M6.2, hit the Gulf of California at 10:02 UTC on November 4, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles).
The epicenter was located about 83.5 km (51.9 miles) SSW of Bahía de Kino (population 6 050), Mexico and 89.2 km (55.4 miles) N of Santa Rosalía (population 11 7656), Mexico.
11 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 1 332 000 light.
The USGS issued a Green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake-resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and adobe block with concrete bond beam construction.
Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking
Selected cities exposed
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