A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit the southern Gulf of California late this morning (11:44 am local time) followed by a magnitude 5.0 aftershock almost two hours later. [right, epicenter location. Red lines are faults. Credit, USGS]
The location is near a major transform fault separating two spreading centers that are tearing Baja California away from the mainland.
So far, only a handful of reports are coming in of it being felt, including a few from Southern California.