Reporting System

6.2 Magnitude EQ – Offshore Chiapas, Mexico

At approximately 18:47:15 UTC on Saturday, January 21st, an earthquake based on water struck at a depth of 66.1 km (41.1 miles) off the West coast, 91 km (56 miles) W of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, and 143 km (88 miles) SSE of Tonala, Chiapas, Mexico. Coords: 14.959°N, 93.107°W

Due to the size and depth of such a quake, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.

United States Geological Survey – The event has been reviewed by a seismologist and confirmed, at present, to be a 6.2 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 66.1 km.  The European Mediterranean Seismology Agency (EMSC) has the earthquake, at present, to be Mw 6.2 magnitude at a depth of 60 km… (USGS)

A magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit off the coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Saturday, shaking the state from the capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez to Tapachula on the border with Guatemala. There were no immediate reports of injury or major damage. The quake, which hit at 12:47 p.m. local time, broke windows in Tuxtla Gutierrez and sent frightened residents into the streets in cities across Chiapas.

The temblor, which felt like waves in Tuxtla Gutierrez, caused a panic but came with no early reports of major damage or injuries, said Jose Manuel Aragon, spokesman for the state Civil Protection agency. He said the quake was felt strongly in the state capital, in Tapachula and in Comitan.

…(NZ Herald)


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