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Mexico's Gulf of California has been hit by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake and at least three smaller tremors.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage.

The 6.9-magnitude tremor struck at 1259 local time (1759GMT), with its epicentre 76 miles (122km) north-east of Santa Isabel in Baja California.

There was a risk of a small, localised tsunami in the area, officials and experts warned, but no threat to America's Pacific coast.

The tremors were all centred under the bed of the Gulf of California, a narrow strip of sea between Baja California peninsula and the Mexican mainland.

Wilfredo Rivera, a manager at the Posada Santa Gemma hotel in Bahia Kino told Associated Press: "The earth was turning around really ugly. People got really scared."

The mountains and deserts of the peninsula are sparsely populated, minimising the risk of widespread damage or injuries.



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