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Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 13 km southeast of Limon, Mexico, on Saturday, Dec 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm (GMT -6)

Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 13 km southeast of Limon, Mexico, on Saturday, Dec 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm (GMT -6) Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 13 km southeast of Limon, Mexico, on Saturday, Dec 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm (GMT -6)

Light magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 48 km depth

27 Dec 00:00 UTC: First to report: SSN after 14 minutes.
Update Sun, 27 Dec 2020, 00:06

Light tremor of magnitude 4.4 just reported 13 km southeast of El Limon, Mexico

4.4 quake 26 Dec 5:45 pm (GMT -6)
4.4 quake 26 Dec 5:45 pm (GMT -6)
Just 20 minutes ago, a 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck near El Limon, San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca, Mexico. The tremor was recorded in the afternoon on Saturday 26 December 2020 at 5:45 pm local time, at a moderately shallow depth of 48 km below the surface.
The event was filed by Mexico's National Seismological Service (SSN), the first seismological agency to report it.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.4 as well.
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 El Limon (pop. 75) located 13 km from the epicenter, Fraccionamiento la Tortolita (pop. 120) 17 km away, Zaachilac (pop. 220) 21 km away, and Guadalupe Victoria (pop. 940) 28 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Santa Maria Zapotitlan (pop. 1,100) located 35 km from the epicenter, El Morro (pop. 2,600) 43 km away, Crucecita (pop. 15,100) 48 km away, Salina Cruz (pop. 76,600) 64 km away, and Santo Domingo Tehuantepec (pop. 42,100) 71 km away.
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Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 26, 2020 23:45:39 UTC
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Dec 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm (GMT -6)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.4
Depth48.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude15.85°N / 95.69°W (North Pacific Ocean, Mexico)
Antipode15.85°S / 84.31°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceSSN (Servicio Sismológico Nacional)
Nearby towns and cities11 km (7 mi) SE of Paja Blanca (pop: 101) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
20 km (12 mi) S of San Pedro Huamelula (pop: 2,250) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
35 km (22 mi) SSE of Santa Maria Zapotitlan (pop: 1,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
43 km (27 mi) SW of Mazatlan (pop: 2,630) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
46 km (29 mi) ESE of Merced del Potrero (pop: 2,180) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
48 km (30 mi) E of Crucecita (pop: 15,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
64 km (40 mi) SW of Salina Cruz (pop: 76,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
68 km (42 mi) E of Huatulco (pop: 7,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
71 km (44 mi) SW of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec (Tehuantepec) (pop: 42,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
540 km (335 mi) SE of Mexico (pop: 12,294,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeFew Clouds 25°C (77 F), humidity: 70%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from W
Estimated seismic energy released2.5 x 1011 joules (69.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 60 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.448 km49 Km Al ESTE De CRUCECITA, OAX, MexicoSSN
4.448 kmOFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICOEMSC

Seismograms

Seismic station: Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico (TEIG/IU network) | Distance from quake: 922 km / 573 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (2)

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Punta Santa Cruz / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt briefly indoors. Had music on but sounded like thunder. Others close by did not feel it.  
Punta Santa Cruz / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt briefly indoors. Had music on but sounded like thunder. Others close by did not feel it.  

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