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Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 1.9 km northwest of San Francisco del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 04:40 GMT

Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 1.9 km northwest of San Francisco del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 04:40 GMT Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 1.9 km northwest of San Francisco del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 04:40 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

5 Jan 04:47 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Jan 5 04:50: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.6.

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 5, 2020 04:40:41 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.6
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude16.35°N / 94.53°W (San Francisco del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico)
Antipode16.35°S / 85.47°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt147 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoEl Chichón (178 km / 111 mi)
Nearby towns and cities2 km (1 mi) NW of San Francisco del Mar (pop: 4,720) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
9 km (6 mi) E of Las Amilpas (pop: 8,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
53 km (33 mi) E of Juchitan de Zaragoza (pop: 74,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
66 km (41 mi) ESE of Ixtepec (pop: 25,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) ENE of Salina Cruz (pop: 76,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
76 km (47 mi) E of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec (Tehuantepec) (pop: 42,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
80 km (50 mi) SE of Matias Romero Avendaño (Matías Romero Avendaño) (pop: 18,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
158 km (98 mi) WSW of Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Chiapas) (pop: 537,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
247 km (153 mi) ESE of Oaxaca (pop: 255,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
595 km (370 mi) SE of Mexico (Ciudad de México) (pop: 12,294,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.610 kmOaxaca, MexicoGFZ
6.088 kmOaxaca, MexicoEMSC
5.699 kmOaxaca, MexicoGeoAu
5.897 km6km S of Santo Domingo Zanatepec, MexicoUSGS
5.875 kmOaxaca, MexicoBMKG

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La Crucecita, Hotel Villablanca / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Kalar / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
San Pablo Huixtepec Oaxaca, Mexico (245.7 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Scary.  
Zone 1 Huehuetenango, Huehuetenango Guatemala (347.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt like a passing truck, except passing trucks don’t usually shake my building. Decorations were wobbling some, the mirror most noticeably.  
Oaxaca City (244.7 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : What really surprised me was that I could hear a kind of roaring noise during the shaking. The furniture was moving around kind of chattering on the tile floor.  
Santa Ana del Valle, Oaxaca (225.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Bed vibration lasting several seconds woke me. Strange noise. By the time I realized what was happening it was over.  
Puerto escondido / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Oaxaca / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
Salina cruz (76.7 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : We were in a hotel on the bottom floor. The shaking felt elongated, and as if it had a secondary quake. It felt stronger than others this past year, probably because I was closer to the epicenter.  
Tanivet, oax, mex / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Ciudad Oaxaca (247.5 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Oaxaca City (246.9 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : One shake was hard enough to get me up to grab my glasses and stand near a doorway, jic  
Puerto Escondido / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Añasco Puerto Rico / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Estaba durmiendo y me despertó el movimiento de la cama bastante fuerte y me fui al baño y empezaron a chocar unas copas que tengo en la antesala. 6:30am en Añasco, puerto Rico  
Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, Oaxaca (77.4 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It was strong, some things fell and all my neighbors were alarmed. At least we haven't gotten any important retort.  
Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City / not felt : There were seismic warnings via earthquake alert apps more than 2 minutes ahead of the seismic waves. Finally, I could notice movement in hanging objects but it was humanly imperceptible even as I stayed still in an attenpt to feel it.  
Puerto Morelos / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Puerto Escondido, San Pedro Mixtepec -Dto. 22 -, Oaxaca (277.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Light trembling, then after 10 secs of silence one bigger move.  
San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca (254.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : A mild light shake.  
near Dangriga, Stann Creek (656.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Chahuites, Oaxaca (34.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
Txina / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Oaxaca de Juárez (213 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Gently long powerful swing with sirens sounding all over the city!  
Santa Maria, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca (247.8 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Short but kind of strong shaking  
Oaxaca city / Light shaking (MMI IV)
tlalixstac de Cabrera, Oaxaca, Mexico (241.7 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Between light and moderate shaking that lasted several minutes.  
La Crucecita, Huatulco / Light shaking (MMI IV) : As a vibrating packer used for paving was outside and we could feel it in bed at 9:45, in our 3rd floor loft condo, constructed of concrete. Lasted about 6-8 seconds.  
Salina Cruz Oaxaca / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Strong and 15 seconds long  
Oaxaca de juarez, oaxaca, mexico / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : A slight back and forth shaking, while seated, of two seconds or so. No other manifestation.  
Los angeles / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Santa Maria, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca (246.9 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (20 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Mar 4, 2020 10:10
2 years ago
3.7

25 km
4.5 km SE of La Venta, Heroica Ciudad de Juchitan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Mar 3, 2020 15:39
2 years ago
3.4

107 km
Oaxaca, 12 km NE of La Blanca, Santo Domingo Ingenio, MexicoMore
Mar 3, 2020 15:06
2 years ago
3.3

29 km
North Pacific Ocean, 6.3 km SW of Las Amilpas, MexicoMore
Mar 1, 2020 10:23
2 years ago
3.2

15 km
16 km N of Las Amilpas, San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Feb 28, 2020 12:53
2 years ago
4.1

87 km
North Pacific Ocean, 5.4 km S of Chicapa de Castro, MexicoMore
Feb 28, 2020 08:00
2 years ago
3.4

118 km
24 km NW of Santo Domingo Zanatepec, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Feb 25, 2020 09:32
2 years ago
4.1

96 km
North Pacific Ocean, 5.2 km E of San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Feb 22, 2020 08:15
2 years ago
3.4

15 km
7.7 km W of Huanacastal, Santo Domingo Zanatepec, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Feb 17, 2020 10:15
2 years ago
3.5

3 km
North Pacific Ocean, 10.4 km S of San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Feb 13, 2020 19:41
2 years ago
4.0

5 km
Oaxaca, 2.1 km SE of La Blanca, Santo Domingo Ingenio, MexicoMore
Feb 6, 2020 00:28
2 years ago
4.5

102 km
Oaxaca, 6 km NE of La Blanca, Santo Domingo Ingenio, MexicoMore
Feb 5, 2020 20:27
2 years ago
4.0

10 km
Oaxaca, 3.9 km SW of Las Conchas, MexicoMore
Jan 22, 2020 21:48
2 years ago
4.1

25 km
Oaxaca, 3.7 km NE of La Blanca, Santo Domingo Ingenio, MexicoMore
Jan 22, 2020 09:31
2 years ago
4.1

6 km
10.5 km NW of Huanacastal, Santo Domingo Zanatepec, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Jan 19, 2020 21:00
2 years ago
3.5

18 km
North Pacific Ocean, 5.5 km S of Chicapa de Castro, MexicoMore
Jan 18, 2020 21:04
2 years ago
4.0

17 km
4.3 km S of Chicapa de Castro, MexicoMore
Jan 18, 2020 10:58
2 years ago
3.7

97 km
4.1 km NW of Las Palmas, San Francisco Ixhuatan, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Jan 14, 2020 22:30
2 years ago
3.4

14 km
12 km N of Las Amilpas, San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Jan 5, 2020 18:42
2 years ago
3.4

110 km
19 km NW of Santo Domingo Zanatepec, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Jan 5, 2020 07:36
2 years ago
3.9

89 km
North Pacific Ocean, 3.6 km NW of San Francisco del Mar Viejo, Oaxaca, MexicoMore

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