A series of earthquakes along the central Gulf of California coast of Baja California Monday through Wednesday were felt widely in Mexico and the western United States, but San Diego-based Sempra Energy reported that the quakes had no impact on its Costa Azul liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal or connecting transmission pipelines, which cut across the northern-most stretch of North Baja.
A Sempra spokesperson in San Diego told NGI Thursday the quakes were a nonevent, although the largest one on Monday reportedly caused a number of high-rise office buildings in downtown San Diego to be evacuated.
The largest of the quakes occurred Monday, registering 6.9 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 360 miles southeast of the U.S.-Mexico border town of Tijuana, and subsequent quakes Tuesday and Wednesday, considered aftershocks, ranging from 5.0 to 5.9, were centered in the same general area near the city of Santa Isabel.
Sempra’s LNG facility is on the Pacific Coast, and about 60 miles south of Tijuana and north of Ensenada. There were no reports of damage or injuries as of late Wednesday.
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