Very strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - Gloria Escondida, 76 km east of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, on Friday, January 26, 1979 at 10:04 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - Gloria Escondida, 76 km east of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, on Friday, January 26, 1979 at 10:04 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 41 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Jan 26, 1979 10:04:32 UTC
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 41.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.413°N / 100.877°W (Gloria Escondida, Guerrero, Mexico)
Antipode: 17.413°S / 79.123°E
Nearest volcano: Nevado de Toluca (223 km / 139 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
16 km (10 mi) N of san luis de la loma (pop: 4,240) --> See nearby quakes!
20 km (12 mi) ENE of Papanoa (pop: 3,510) --> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) NW of Técpan de Galeana (pop: 15,100) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) ESE of Petatlan (Petatlán) (pop: 21,700) --> See nearby quakes!
52 km (33 mi) WNW of Atoyac de Alvarez (Atoyac de Álvarez) (pop: 21,400) --> See nearby quakes!
76 km (47 mi) ESE of Zihuatanejo (pop: 67,400) --> See nearby quakes!
120 km (75 mi) WNW of Acapulco de Juarez (pop: 673,500) --> See nearby quakes!
146 km (91 mi) W of Chilpancingo (pop: 187,300) --> See nearby quakes!
290 km (180 mi) SW of Mexico City (pop: 12,294,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.641 kmGuerrero, MexicoUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (41 quakes)

  • 30 Apr 1979 06:01 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    56 km (35 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 28 Mar 1979 13:33 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    42 km (26.1 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 22 Mar 1979 12:23 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    76 km (47.2 mi) depth
    |
    93 km (58 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Mar 1979 00:27 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    51 km (31.7 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 18 Mar 1979 20:12 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Mar 1979 10:10 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    71 km (44 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
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    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    11164 km (6937 mi) distance
    | | Details
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