A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Tuesday. Earlier it had been reported at 7.6 magnitude.
The U.S. Geological Survey has lowered the quake’s magnitude to 7.4. Read Full Report
In Mexico City, a ‘Los Angeles Times’ reporter writes that “there was an initial rocking (7.4M), a pause and then a much stronger (7.9M), sustained rocking motion that swayed buildings in many parts of the capital.” A BBC reporter estimated that the earth shook for about a minute, a virtual eternity to people experiencing a big quake.
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 1813Z 20 MAR 2012 AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME – 1803Z 20 MAR 2012 COORDINATES – 17.0 NORTH 98.1 WEST DEPTH – 10 KM LOCATION – GUERRERO MEXICO MAGNITUDE – 7.8
A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI WAS NOT GENERATED BASED ON EARTHQUAKE AND HISTORICAL TSUNAMI DATA. HOWEVER, THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME LOCAL TSUNAMI EFFECTS. THIS EARTHQUAKE IS LOCATED INLAND FROM THE COAST.
There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.
70,000 households are still without power in Guerrero province.
2 hospitals are evacuated in Guerrero
The central government has dispatched more Civil Protection people to help the local authorities in Guerrero with the assessment of the damage
The head of the Civil Protection, Laura Guza, has declared that nobody has been reported killed so far. 2 people were injured in the capital, Mexico City. 5 people were injured in the Oaxaca province.
The number of houses damaged in the epicenter region continues to grow. Up to 800 houses are reported uninhabitable in the epicentral region.
Security footage of a Mexican earthquake creating some intense waves in a beach resorts pool.
The 7.9M quake was followed by strong aftershocks that were felt in Mexico City where office workers fled into the street.
At almost the same time A strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck Papua, Indonesia. The quake hit on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 17:56:19 UTC
No tsunami warning was issued and there are currently no reports of any damage or injuries at this time.