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A shallow Magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck in the Gulf Of California 122 kilometer from Los Mochis, Mexico just after midnight of Monday November 13th, 2023.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Gulf Of California, 86 kilometers (53 mi) off the coast of Mexico, 122 kilometer west of Los Mochis in Sinaloa. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Nov 13, 2023 00:07 (Hermosillo Time)
- Nov 13, 2023 07:07 Universal Time.
Location: 122 km west of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Coordinates 25°55'11"N 110°12'51"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 4.4
Detected by 78 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.061 .
Depth: 10 km (6 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Low tsunami risk
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 do not usually cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in Mexico . The closest significant population center near the earthquake is Huatabampo in Sonora, Mexico. Huatabampo is located 116 kilometer (72 mi) south-southwest of the epicenter.

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Los Mochis is located 122 km to the east. Ciudad Obregón is located 176 km to the north. La Paz is located 198 km to the south.

The table below provides an overview of all places in proximity of today's earthquake.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
116 km (72 mi)
NNE from epicenter

Sonora, Mexico.
122 km (76 mi)
E from epicenter
Los Mochis

Sinaloa, Mexico.
140 km (87 mi)
E from epicenter
Juan José Ríos

Sinaloa, Mexico.
149 km (93 mi)
NNE from epicenter

Sonora, Mexico.
160 km (99 mi)
E from epicenter
Leyva Solano

Sinaloa, Mexico.
176 km (109 mi)
N from epicenter
Ciudad Obregón

Sonora, Mexico.
176 km (109 mi)
SW from epicenter
Ciudad Constitución

Baja California Sur, Mexico.
179 km (111 mi)
ESE from epicenter

Sinaloa, Mexico.
187 km (116 mi)
N from epicenter

Sonora, Mexico.
198 km (123 mi)
S from epicenter
La Paz

Baja California Sur, Mexico.
220 km (137 mi)
ESE from epicenter

Sinaloa, Mexico.
232 km (144 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Heroica Guaymas

Sonora, Mexico.
235 km (146 mi)
NNW from epicenter

Sonora, Mexico.
283 km (176 mi)
ESE from epicenter

Sinaloa, Mexico.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Risk of aftershocks?

This earthquake did not have any significant foreshocks nor aftershocks occurring within 100km (62 mi) of its epicenter.

Earthquakes can create aftershocks. These are generally at least 1 magnitude lower than any main shock, and as time passes the chance and strength of aftershocks decreases.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since August 17th, 2023, when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit 233 km (145 mi) further northwest. An even stronger magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck on September 13th, 2015.

In total, 102 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.4 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every month.

Low tsunami risk

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

Based on early data it appears this earthquake was not strong enough (lower than MAG-6.5) to be likely to cause destructive tsunami's. However this earthquake appeared to have hit at a shallow depth under sea, so stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 4.4. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 10 km (6 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.


Last updated 03/12/23 08:48 (). This article is automatically generated based on available data. We keep checking multiple sources for additional information. This article gets updated as new details on this earthquake become available.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000lale
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20231113_0000056
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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