Significant 5.0 quake hits near Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
Tue, 23 Feb 2021, 09:5109:51 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred only 21 minutes ago 96 km southeast of Salina Cruz, Mexico, Mexico's National Seismological Service (SSN) reported.
5.0 quake 23 Feb 3:30 am (GMT -6)
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 16 km beneath the epicenter near Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico, early morning on Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 3:30 am local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the United States Geological Survey, which listed it as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 4.9, and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 4.8.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Barrio Nuevo (pop. 33) located 93 km from the epicenter, San Mateo del Mar (pop. 5,700) 94 km away, Salina Cruz (pop. 76,600) 96 km away, Santo Domingo Tehuantepec (pop. 42,100) 113 km away, and Juchitan de Zaragoza (pop. 74,800) 119 km away.
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Date & time: 23 Feb 2021 3:30 am (GMT -6) local time (23 Feb 2021 09:30 GMT)
Depth: 16.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.38°N / 94.84°W (North Pacific Ocean, Mexico)
Primary data source: SSN
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