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Great mag. 8.0 earthquake - Michoacan, Mexico on Thursday, 19 September 1985

Great mag. 8.0 earthquake  - Michoacan, Mexico on Thursday, 19 September 1985
Date & time: Thursday, 19 September 1985 13:17 UTC
Magnitude: 8.0
Depth: 27.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.19°N / 102.533°W (Mexico)
Nearest volcano: Paricutín (Michoacán-Guanajuato) (148 km / 92 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
16 km (10 mi) N of Chuta (pop: 100)
17 km (11 mi) NE of Chuquiapan (pop: 400)
17 km (11 mi) NE of Boca Seca (pop: 100)
145 km (90 mi) SW of Uruapan (pop: 237,300)
172 km (107 mi) SE of Colima (pop: 127,200)
384 km (239 mi) SW of Mexico City (pop: 12,294,200)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1016 joules (17527 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.5 x 107 tons of TNT or 942.5 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Thu, 19 Sep 13:17 UTCM 8.0 / 27.9 kmMichoacan, MexicoUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 8.0 quake: Michoacan, Mexico, 19 Sep 1985 13:17

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (20 quakes):
  • 14 Sep 1988 20:36 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    80 km (49.7 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Sep 1988 16:52 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    390 km (242 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Aug 1988 17:30 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    420 km (261 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Feb 1988 13:51 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    58 km (36 mi) depth
    |
    173 km (108 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Jan 1988 16:00 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    78.1 km (48.5 mi) depth
    |
    92 km (57 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 Sep 1987 08:30 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    130 km (81 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Aug 1987 18:08 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    197 km (122 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Jul 1987 00:22 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    73.1 km (45.4 mi) depth
    |
    148 km (92 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Jun 1986 04:39 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    69.9 km (43.4 mi) depth
    |
    116 km (72 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jun 1986 21:39 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    52.4 km (32.6 mi) depth
    |
    200 km (124 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Jun 1986 20:55 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    341 km (212 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 May 1986 20:31 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    36.4 km (22.6 mi) depth
    |
    426 km (265 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 May 1986 05:46 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    37.8 km (23.5 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Apr 1986 07:07 UTC
    | M 7.0 |
    26.5 km (16.5 mi) depth
    |
    52 km (32 mi) distance
    | USGS | Major mag. 7.0 earthquake - Michoacan, Mexico on Wednesday, 30 April 1986
  • 12 Jan 1986 16:51 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    65 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Oct 1985 15:02 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    38.8 km (24.1 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Sep 1985 03:52 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    176 km (109 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Sep 1985 07:43 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    29.9 km (18.6 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Sep 1985 01:37 UTC
    | M 7.6 |
    30.8 km (19.1 mi) depth
    |
    103 km (64 mi) distance
    | USGS | Major mag. 7.6 earthquake - Guerrero, Mexico on Saturday, 21 September 1985
  • 19 Sep 1985 18:29 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    119 km (74 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Great mag. 8.0 earthquake - Michoacan, Mexico on Thursday, 19 September 1985
    Hint: Click on Date/Time to show latest first
  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 03 Jun 1932 10:36
    | 8.1 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    88 years ago
    |
    221km / 137mi
    | Jalisco, Mexico
  • 17 Jun 1928 03:19
    | 7.9 |
    20km / 12.4mi
    |
    92 years ago
    |
    670km / 416mi
    | Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 18 Jun 1932 10:12
    | 7.8 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    88 years ago
    |
    199km / 124mi
    | Colima, Mexico
  • 15 Apr 1907 06:08
    | 7.8 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    114 years ago
    |
    586km / 364mi
    | Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 29 Nov 1978 19:52
    | 7.7 |
    18km / 11.2mi
    |
    42 years ago
    |
    677km / 420mi
    | Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 22 Jun 1932 12:59
    | 7.7 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    88 years ago
    |
    221km / 138mi
    | Jalisco, Mexico
  • 14 Jan 1903 01:47
    | 7.7 |
    unknown
    |
    118 years ago
    |
    599km / 372mi
    | Off the Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 14 Mar 1979 11:07
    | 7.6 |
    49km / 30mi
    |
    42 years ago
    |
    139km / 87mi
    | Guerrero, Mexico
  • 28 Jul 1957 08:40
    | 7.6 |
    38km / 23mi
    |
    63 years ago
    |
    386km / 240mi
    | Guerrero, Mexico
  • 15 Apr 1941 19:09
    | 7.6 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    80 years ago
    |
    74km / 46mi
    | Michoacan, Mexico
  • Show all

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