Sep 26, 2012

Quakes, Volcanoes and Storms. Get Ready In Baja

Interesting how all of these events seem to be coinciding in Southern Cal and Northern Mexico...


6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Gulf of California

September 26, 2012CALIFRONIAA magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck near Mexico’s Baja Peninsula on Tuesday but a local official said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake’s epicenter was located 46 miles north of La Paz, Mexico, and was centered in the Gulf of California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. “It felt pretty strong,” said Ivan Calderon, a Baja Sur civil protection official, adding there were no reports of damages or injuries. A magnitude 6 earthquake is capable of causing severe damage. -Reuters

Increase of eruptive activity at Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano

September 26, 2012 MEXICO - At least 26 eruptions accompanied by steam and gas, as well as a volcano tectonic quake were registered as a consequence of the Mexican volcano Popocatépetl activity during the last hours, it was reported Tuesday. The National Center of Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) said eruptions were of low and medium intensity with no ash expulsion in any of them. According to the institution, the volcano tectonic quake was registered at 11.54 local time (16:54 GMT). At this moment, the alert light of volcano activity remains yellow phase 2 and the surrounding population to keep informed as to alerts on the activity of the volcano also known as Don Goyo. Traffic between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa, via the Cortes passage, is under control. The Popo is located at the center of the country, in the territorial limits of the Morelos, Puebla and Mexico states. Located 55 kilometers Southeast of the Federal District, the Popocatépetl is the second highest volcano in Mexico, with a maximum height of five thousand 458 meters above sea level, only second to the Pico de Orizaba (Veracruz) with five thousand 610 meters. –Presna Latina

Hurricane Miriam reaches Category 3 status- to threaten Baja, California Peninsula

September 25, 2012CALIFORNIAHurricane Miriam became a Category 3 storm Monday as it churned in the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles off the Mexican coast, U.S. forecasters said. Miriam had sustained winds of 120 mph as it roared about 405 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, moving on a northwest track at 9 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory. The hurricane center said Miriam was expected to slow down, lose power and gradually turn to the north Wednesday. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 30 miles from its center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching out up to 125 miles. Winds gusting to 43 mph were reported at Clarion Island. No watches or warnings were in place, but dangerous surf and swells were forecast for the south and west coasts of the southern Baja Peninsula during the next couple of days. –Wunderground