6.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico’s Baja California Coast

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook the southern part of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Tuesday, also rattling the fishing and resort city of La Paz.

“We are calling on the public to remain calm in case there are aftershocks,” said State Civil Defense Director Carlos Rincon, who also announced there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey stated the earthquake occurred at about 4:45PM and was centered offshore in the Gulf of California. Twenty minutes later, a 4.6-magnitude aftershock occurred north of La Paz, as well as 4.8 temblor further out in the Gulf of California 12 minutes later.

State Governor Marcos Covarrubias declared that public schools would be closed on Wednesday, allowing experts time to evaluate any possible damages to school buildings.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

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