Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Near Coast of Chiapas, Mexico on Thursday, 17 December 2015

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Near Coast of Chiapas, Mexico, on Thursday, 17 December 2015 at 19:49 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - Near Coast of Chiapas, Mexico, on Thursday, 17 December 2015 at 19:49 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 90 km depth

17 Dec 19:57 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Dec 18 09:20: Magnitude recalculated from 6.4 to 6.5.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 117.0 to 90.0 km.
Date & time: 17 Dec 2015 07:49:53 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 90.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.95°N / 93.33°W (Mexico)
Nearest volcano: Tacana (149 km / 93 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
25 km (16 mi) N of Colonia Central (pop: 816)
27 km (17 mi) SW of San Pedro Buenavista (pop: 8,390)
32 km (20 mi) NNW of Pijijiapan (pop: 16,900)
32 km (20 mi) S of Villaflores (pop: 37,200)
48 km (30 mi) ESE of Tonala (Tonalá) (pop: 35,300)
69 km (43 mi) ESE of Arriaga (pop: 24,400)
93 km (58 mi) SSW of Tuxtla Gutiérrez (pop: 537,100)
726 km (451 mi) ESE of Mexico City (pop: 12,294,200)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.590 kmNear Coast of Chiapas, MexicoGFZ
M 6.592 km CHIAPAS, MEXICOEMSC
M 6.698 km- 9km ENE of Tres Picos, MexicoUSGS
M 6.690 km37 km al SUR de TONALA, CHISSSN
M 6.215 kmNicaraguaINETER
M 6.698 kmNE of Tres Picos, MexicoGeoAu

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User reports for this quake (54)

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Caye Caulker, Belize / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Comitan de Dominguez, CHIS (140.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : We heard a sound, like a truck. We live in a house made entirely of block so trucks don't shake our house. The first shake felt like a truck. The second caused me to sway and I could see movement.
Heroica Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Pointe calumet, Québec, Canada (3748.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Mexico city / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
San Cristobal de las Casas / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt movement for 4 to 5 seconds. Suspended sign in shop started swinging.
Puerto Escondido (397.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Very weak shaking. Barely felt it but did.
Comitan / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San Cristóbal de las Casas (115.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San Pedro Sula (573.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
guatemala city (335.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : It was really crazy felt my ass walked a way while I was sitting my couch (reported through our app)
tuxta gtz, chiapas (91.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : se sintío fuerte, movió varias cosas y los vecinos salieron, la replica a los 3 segundos aprox. fue un poco más fuerte.
San Estevan (559 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
San Cristóbal de las Casas (114.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
puerto escondido. oaxaca (400 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Like a boat (reported through our app)
belize city (573.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Belize City (573.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt prolonged light shaking in building resting on raised piles. Objects swung on walls.
Antigua, Guatemala (318.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Slow, rolling quake. Felt like we were on a boat. Nothing in the house shook, but the ground swelled and rolled. Many a bit dizzy and nauseated by the quake.
oaxaca city, oaxaca / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Xalapa Enríquez (Mexico, 550 km NW of epicenter) : Evacuaron el edificio, casi no se percibía, era muy suave pero si hubo alerta sismica (reported through EMSC)
San Cristóbal de las Casas (Mexico, 120 km NE of epicenter) : It was a rolling, wave-like quake, not jolting, but it seemed to last a long time, say a full minute or so, long enough for me to decide to go outside in case it continued to build in magnitude. It was the strongest I have felt since the Loma Prieta quake in the Santa Cruz mountains (where I was living at the time) in 1989. I have felt rocking quakes in Bali, Indonesia, several quakes in California, and about 3 smaller quakes here in Chiapas within the last 3 years. (reported through EMSC)
Guatemala City (Guatemala, 340 km SE of epicenter) : Medium shake and to long (reported through EMSC)
Antigua Guatemala (Guatemala, 319 km SE of epicenter) : Antigua guatemala 2 hours ago (reported through EMSC)
(Belize, 534 km E of epicenter) : 2 tremors, th second one lasting about 7 seconds (reported through EMSC)
San Pedro (Belize, 613 km E of epicenter) : I just felt the building where im staying shaking for like couple seconds. I tought it was a big truck passing. I went outside and look but i saw nothing. Then i tought maybe its an earthquake somewher. Instant i was thinking to go downstairs in case of any emergency. But i never felt the shaking again so i stayed in my room. (reported through EMSC)
Placencia (Belize, 534 km E of epicenter) : Myself and 3 coworkers noticed a shaking/rolling feeling in the office, but the other 2 coworkers did not notice it. Nothing fell, it was very slight. We spent a few minutes trying to figure out what it was, coming to the conclusion it must have been tremors, then 30 minutes later saw on the news an earthquake had hit Mexico. (reported through EMSC)
Spanish Lookout (Belize, 485 km E of epicenter) : Felt two tremors just a couple seconds apart. The first one was very very weak and the second was weak. (reported through EMSC)
San Pedro La Laguna (Guatemala, 261 km SE of epicenter) : Mild, but recognizable as an earthquake. (reported through EMSC)
Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Mexico, 94 km N of epicenter) : Very strong, was by the pool, the pool got really wavy. Some terra cotta roof tiles fell off of security office front gate entrance. We got scared. (reported through EMSC)
San Pedro (Belize, 613 km E of epicenter) : Earthquakes are not common in Belize. Very weird for us. (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 575 km E of epicenter) : Was the only one who felt it in my house. Was working and my desk shook two times. The second one was stronger. (reported through EMSC)
Coatepec (Mexico, 548 km NW of epicenter) : no se sintió nada (reported through EMSC)
San Pedro La Laguna (Guatemala, 261 km SE of epicenter) : Was sitting in my home. Felt the shaking. Made me dizzy. No damage. Neighbor felt it also. (reported through EMSC)
Zapopan (Mexico, 1187 km NW of epicenter) : A las 2 temblo fuertesito 4.5 (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 575 km E of epicenter) : Felt the building shake for a minute. Second shake was the strongest. (reported through EMSC)
San Jose Succotz (Belize, 467 km E of epicenter) : My shaking bed and rattling door woke me up. (reported through EMSC)
Guatemala City (Guatemala, 335 km SE of epicenter) : Only the lamps moved. (reported through EMSC)
Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza (Mexico, 629 km NW of epicenter) : En la ciudad de Puebla fue imperceptible y no se activó es sistema de alertamiento sísmico (reported through EMSC)
San Pedro (Belize, 611 km E of epicenter) : The shaking sensation was undeniably from earthquake even if they are very rare here in Belize. Very scary knowing its was all the way from Chiapas Mexico (reported through EMSC)
Corozal (Belize, 591 km NE of epicenter) : A few other people around me claim they felt the shaking. We just continued with our chores as nothing happened. (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 573 km E of epicenter) : Lasted couple seconds for two instances (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 573 km E of epicenter) : Felt by many throughout the building. Coffee in cups showed noticed movements as well as swaying Christmas trees. (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 573 km E of epicenter) : i felt my chair wobbling and the liquid in my water bottle shook. The first sign was slight and was followed by a stronger wave which made me get up and go outside the building (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 573 km E of epicenter) : I've felt a number of earthquakes here in Belize. This was neither the strongest nor the weakest. (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 573 km E of epicenter) : Just scary since this is a big building and it felt like it was going to fall. (reported through EMSC)
Belize City (Belize, 573 km E of epicenter) : We are in our office, don't know anything else about outside yet. (reported through EMSC)
San Ignacio (Belize, 471 km E of epicenter) : I felt it (reported through EMSC)
Oaxaca (Mexico, 395 km W of epicenter) : Leve sacudida pero afortunadamente de corta duracion (reported through EMSC)
(Mexico, 350 km W of epicenter) : Shaking tables and seats, but everything OK !! (reported through EMSC)
Guatemala City (Guatemala, 331 km SE of epicenter) : Long duration, a minute or more (reported through EMSC)
Acayucan (Mexico, 285 km NW of epicenter) : Felt very strong swaying and movement for a few minutes (reported through EMSC)
Tapachula de Córdova y Ordoñez (Mexico, 156 km SE of epicenter) : Long enough (reported through EMSC)
San Cristóbal de las Casas (Mexico, 116 km NE of epicenter) : Movimiento fuerte (reported through EMSC)
Oaxaca (Mexico, 391 km W of epicenter) : Movimiento leve pero muy largo. (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake Near Coast of Chiapas, Mexico, 17 December 19:49 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (655 quakes):
  • 23 May 2016 19:20 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    125 km (77.7 mi) depth
    |
    102 km (63 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 May 2016 10:45 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    97 km (60.3 mi) depth
    |
    87 km (54 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 20 May 2016 04:07 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    96 km (59.7 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 20 May 2016 03:31 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    57 km (35.4 mi) depth
    |
    87 km (54 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 19 May 2016 17:42 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    54 km (33.6 mi) depth
    |
    99 km (61 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 19 May 2016 10:30 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    83 km (51.6 mi) depth
    |
    57 km (36 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 18 May 2016 23:27 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    106 km (65.9 mi) depth
    |
    101 km (63 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 18 May 2016 20:14 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    67 km (41.6 mi) depth
    |
    85 km (53 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 18 May 2016 16:11 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    165 km (102.5 mi) depth
    |
    93 km (58 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 18 May 2016 13:51 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    106 km (66 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 18 May 2016 11:11 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    87 km (54.1 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 17 May 2016 16:55 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    126 km (78.3 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 17 May 2016 11:42 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    76 km (47.2 mi) depth
    |
    30 km (18 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 17 May 2016 07:19 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    85 km (52.8 mi) depth
    |
    99 km (62 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 17 May 2016 06:20 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    85 km (52.8 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 16 May 2016 14:49 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    137 km (85.1 mi) depth
    |
    44 km (28 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • Show all

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Near Coast of Chiapas, Mexico, on Thursday, 17 December 2015 at 19:49 (GMT)
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